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COSAFA U-20 Update: Uganda Hippos arrive safely in Zambia, set for tourney

COSAFA U-20 Tournament:

6th – 16th December 2017

In Zambia

The Uganda U-20 team (The Hippos) contingent arrived safely in Mwanawasa international Airport, Ndola in Zambia on Monday  ahead of COSAFA U-20 Tournament.

The Contingent then checked in at the Nobutula Lodge in Kitwe Zambia 60 km away from the Airport.

Moments after arrival, the players held a light training session
Head coach Mathias Lule with talks to the players before a light recovery training session at the Chipolopolo training facility

The Hippos who started their journey from Entebbe Airport went through Addis Ababa Ethiopia and Lubumbasha Congo before their final destination in Zambia at the Mwanawasa international Airport Ndola .

‘The players are in good shape and ready to play the hosts Zambia’ noted the Team Captain Muhammed Shaban.

Uganda is one of the invited countries for the COSAFA U-20 tournament. The other is Egypt.

Team manager Sulait Makumbi, head of delegation Hajji Abdul Lukooya Ssekabira and captain Muhammed Shaban

The head of delegation Hajji Abdul Lukooya Ssekabira expressed delight upon the successful journey right from Entebbe through Ethiopia, Congo to Zambia finally.

“First of all, I would love to thank the Almighty Allah for the successful journey mercies he gave us. The players and the rest of the officials are in sound health. We are ready for the tournament which kicks off on Wednesday.” Hajji Ssekabira said.

Uganda Hippos’ opening match is on Wednesday against hosts and defending champions, the Young Chipolopolo Stars.

Contingent in Zambia
Players:

Goalkeepers: Eric Kibowa, Keni Saidi, Ali Mwerusi

Outfield players: Fred Okot, Andrew Okiringi, Mustapha Kizza, Victor Matovu, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Geofrey Wasswa, Abubaker Muhammed Kasule, Julius Poloto, David Owori, Pius Obuya, Frank Tumwesigye, Shafiq Kagimu, Allan Okello, Muhammed Shaban, Mujahid Baden, Steven Mukwala, Hamis Tibita

The Uganda U-20 delegation traveled on the same flight with Egypt from Addis Ababa to Ndola

Officials:

Head of Delegation: Hajji Abdul Ssekabira Lukooya

Head coach: Mathias Lule

Assistant Coach: James Odoch

Goalkeeping Coach: Samuel Kawalya

Team Manager: Suliat Makumbi

Team Doctor: Ivan Ssewanyana

Official: Lawrence Kizito

Media Officer: Farid Mpagi

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