The national Under-20 team, the Hippos, booked a quarterfinal slot at the first time of asking after a 2-1 victory over hosts Mauritania on Saturday in Africa Nations Cup.
The Hippos have largely impressed in their debut appearance but struggled for composure in the final third. which they finally found to progress to come from a goal down to claim a prized 2-1 victory over hosts Mauritania.
“I feel honoured to have seen the team qualify. Today’s game was tough because Mauritania play fast and entertaining football,” coach Morley Byekwaso said.
Silly Sanghare put the hosts ahead from the spot after Aziz Kayondo was adjudged to have fouled Oumar Mbareck in the box eight minutes before half time.
But the Hippos showed character when striker Sam Senyonjo, one of three changes made by Byekwaso, teed Steven Sserwadda, whose well placed effort on the hour mark was perfect for the net.
Substitute Derrick Kakooza then showed more composure two minutes from time when he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.
“I’m so excited to win this man of the match award and I believe now I need to work hard to win more,” Kayondo said.
The Hippos now await the winner of Group B in either Burkina Faso or Tunisia who were due to play last evening.
Cameroon beat Mozambique 4-1 with Etienne, son Samuel Etoo, scoring twice for their maxim points in Group A.
Afcon U-20 finals
Mauritania 1 -2 Uganda
Cameroon 4-1 Mozambique