COSAFA U-20: Uganda Hippos face Swaziland, target second victory | Preview

COSAFA U-20 Youth Championship:

  • Friday, 8th December 2017
  • Uganda Hippos Vs Swaziland – 3:30 p.m (East African Standard Time)
  • Arthur Davies Stadium, Kitwe
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Goalkeeper Keni Saidi quenches his thirst. He is expected to start once again against Swaziland

Uganda national U-20 team, The Hippos face Swaziland during their second game of the 2017 COSAFA U-20 Youth Championship in Zambia at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe on Friday afternoon.

This comes days after the convincing 2-0 victory the hosts and defending champions, Zambia in the opener.

Head coach Mathias Lule and the rest of the technical team will name more or less the same side that humbled Zambia.

Only a few changes are expected with left winger Pius ‘TZ Iniesta’ Obuya expected to pave way for Allan Okello.

There is a strong feeling, more changes could be rang in the second stanza of the game depending on the tiding of the game.

Lule has since the Monday victory called for more focus with the sole target expected to be qualification out of the group for the semi-finals.

“We need to keep focused because there is still plenty of football and time ahead of us” Lule, a CAF ‘A’ licensed coach cautioned.

Midfielders Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye, Julius Poloto, Allan Okello and defensive shield Abubakar Kasule will the fulcrum of the game against Swaziland.

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Defender Mustapha Mujjuzi will need to be as solid as he was against Zambia

Lead forward and captain Muhammed ‘Jaggarson’ Shaban will use this game to further seek personal as well as team glory with more goals.

Vipers’ Steven Mukwala and BUL forward Hamisi Tibita are his other partners at the fore front.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Saidi Keni, who had a clean sheet in the opener will most likely be maintained ahead of St Mary’s Kitende duo of Eric Kibowa and Ali Mwerusi.

Fred Okot vies for right back with Andrew Isiagi Okiring as Mustapha Kizza comes to contention with Qatar based Victor Matovu at left back.

The pairing of Geofrey Wasswa and Mustapha Mujjuzi will carry on at central defence.

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Left back Mustapha Kizza vies for the ball against Zambia

Maximum points for Uganda will see the Hippos become the first country to book a berth to the semi-finals.

Probable Uganda U-20 XI: Saidi Keni (G.K), Fred Okot, Mustapha Kizza, Geofrey Wasswa, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Abubakar Kasule, Julius Poloto, Frank ”Zaga” Tumwesigye , Muhammed Shaban, Steven Mukwala, Allan  Okello

Subs Not Used: Ali Mwerusi (G.K), Eric Kibowa (G.K), Andrew Isiagi Okiring, Mujahid Ogama, Hamisi Tibita, David Owori, Shafiq Kuchi Kagimu, Pius Obuya, Victor Matovu

Match Day 3 Fixtures:

  • Angola Vs Namibia – Arthur Davies Stadium (12:30 p.m)
  • Uganda Vs Swaziland – Arthur Davies Stadium (3:30 p.m)
  • Angola Vs Zambia – Arthur Davies Stadium (7:30 p.m)

Results:

Match Day one:

  • Zambia 0-2 Uganda
  • Mozambique 0-1 Egypt
  • Swaziland 2-3 Malawi

Match Day Two:

  • Lesotho 0-0 Zimbabwe
  • South Africa 2-0 Mauritius