COMPETITION: U-17 Total CAF Africa Cup of Nations Zonal Qualifiers
DATE: 13 – 28, December 2020
The U-17 qualifiers will attract 9 countries distributed into three groups.
Group A: Rwanda, Eritrea and South Sudan
Group B: Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya
Group C: Sudan, Djibouti and Tanzania
Uganda National U-17 team (The Cubs) will travel to Rwanda early next month to play in the zonal qualifiers tournament of CAF U17 from 13-28 of December 2020.
The team has been in camp in Njeru for close to a month now and all the members on the squad right there from the technical department to the playing staff are ready for the task ahead.
Here is what some of the players on the team are saying ahead of the tournament’s commencement.
SIMON MUKISA (DEFENDER):
‘We are doing our best in training as we prepare for the task ahead and always coach gives us confidence in everything we do. He’s teaching us different drills during training like working on accuracy while passing the ball as well as getting behind the ball if we lost it. So it is a matter of self-confidence that can lead us to success.’
OSCAR MAWA (FORWARD):
‘I have played for various sides but I have never got this unity anywhere before like it is in this team. And also what amuses me most is that if we have a problem we sit as a team right from the technical down to the players and we solve it and this has helped us a lot. I thank the coach so much because he has advised us a lot on what to do when it comes to individual discipline and sports technicalities.’
BASIL TENYWA TAMU (RIGHT WINGER):
‘I think this is a big opportunity for us as a team, we must use it well to sell our identity out there. I know Zonal qualifiers are into our way but our target is beyond this. We have a challenge that was set by our predecessors in the previous campaign and we can never go for less apart from winning it again. So it’s now or never because opportunity has come and it only comes once. I look forward to maintain my personal standards by listening to what coaches say and I feel that is the only way to go if I want to achieve success.’