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AFCON U20: Byekwaso maintains Mugweri as team captain, confident ahead of Zonal Qualifiers

COMPETITION: U-20 Total CAF Africa Cup of Nations Zonal Qualifiers

DATE: 23 November – 05, December 2020

HOST: Tanzania.

Group A: Tanzania, Somalia and Djibouti

Group B: Burundi, South Sudan and Uganda

Group C: Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan

Uganda Hippos Head Coach, Morley Byekwaso has maintained Gavin Kizito Mugweri as captain of the team.

The development comes as the Uganda U20 preparers to take part at the U20 AFCON Zonal Qualifiers Tourney that commences on Monday.

Byekwaso believes Mugweri who plies his trade at SC Villa has leadership skills and he is a player that can motivate the rest of the team.


”I have looked at the player’s quality and his leadership skills to take the team ahead. He will carry the responsiblity of captaining the team. I have confidence and belief in him’ Byekwaso stated.

Morley Byekwaso

It should be noted that Mugweri was captain of the Uganda U17 (Cubs) team that featured at the 2018 U17 Africa Cup of Nations.

He also served in the same role last year at the CECAFA U20 Tournament held in Uganda.

Byekwaso travelled to Tanzania with a squad of 20 players and thinks the team will do well during the tournament and his primary target being to take them to the final. 

‘My primary target just like any other Ugandan is to see that the team reaches to the final of this tournament. If this is achieved, we shall be rest assured of the ticket to play in the AFCON final tournament in Mauritania.’ he added.

The Coach said the squad of 20 players that he selected has worked hard and they will make the country proud.

The tournament runs from November 23, to December 5, in Tanzania.

The Hippos will face South Sudan in the first group game on November 23, at 4pm.

Meanwhile the team is accommodated at Premier Palace Hotel, Arusha.

The team had the first light training at 3pm on Saturday, 21st November 2020.

 The U-20 qualifiers will see 11 countries competing. Hosts Tanzania has been placed in group A with Somalia and Djibouti, while Burundi, South Sudan and Uganda are in group B.

Ethiopia plays in group C with Kenya and Sudan.

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