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AFCON U17 Finals: Uganda ready for opener against Angola

CAF U17 AFCON – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (14th-28th April 2019)

Angola vs Uganda (Sunday 14th April 2019)

Uganda vs Tanzania (Wednesday 17th April 2019)

Nigeria vs Uganda (Saturday 20th April 2019)

Group A: Tanzania, Angola, Nigeria, and Uganda

Group B: Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal, and Morocco 

Uganda U17 National team (Cubs) conducted the final training under floodlights ahead of their opening fixture against Angola at the  CAF Total U17 tournament in Dar es Salaam.

On arrival, the team underwent the mandatory MRI tests and the coach will be spoilt for choice as all 21 players passed the exercise conducted by CAF Medical team.

Kawooya Andrew aims to shoot the ball while head coach Fabin Kwesi looks on during training at National Stadium on Saturday in Dar es Salaam

While addressing the media at the official pre-match press conference, Kwesi noted how ready his side is to take on the challenge against Angola.

‘We have critically analysed the Angola side. We have identified their strong and weak areas. We know what they are made of’ noted Kwesi

‘We don’t have stars but a team. We are going to use the strength of our team’ Kwesi added.

Head CaachPaa Samuel Kwesi addresses the media during the pre-match press conference

Kwesi also commended the quality of the league from which the youngsters are selected.

‘It is a wonderful thing that is happening in Uganda. We have the U17 league and before you qualify you have to pass the MRI test to play in that league and it has given us an advantage while selecting players’ Kwesi added

The team captain Kizito Garvin Mugweri who led his side to the regional championship last year to book a place in the final tourney opened up on how prepared they are for the opener.

‘We are prepared technically, mentally and physically. We have a mission to accomplish that we embarked on last year here in Dar es Salaam. In tomorow’s game we are coming for maximum points’ Kizito noted

‘I feel so proud and want to thank our fans here in Dar es Salaam. We won’t let you down, we shall work hard as a team to get good results’ Kizito added

Team Captain Kizito Gavin Mugweri while addressing the media

Uganda plays against Angola in the opening fixture before playing hosts (Tanzania) and Nigeria respectively in group A.

The top two teams in each of the two groups in the tournament will qualify automatically for the U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Team officials:

Ariga Rasoul – Leader of Delegation

Paa Samuel Kwesi Fabin – Head Coach

Magera Jackson – 1st Assistant coach

Hamuza Lutalo – 2nd Assistant coach

Mubarak Kiberu – Goalkeeper coach

Osei-Owusu Derrick – Physical fitness coach

Emmanuel Nakabago – Team Doctor

Bashir Mutyaba – Team Coordinator

Omaria Bosco – Team Media Officer

Bumpenje Frank – Kit Manager

MAIN PHOTO:  Players and officials in a prayer session after their last training on Saturday at National Stadium, Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

 

 

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