The newly crowned CECAFA U15 challenge Cup champions returned home on Monday evening and were received at Entebbe Intertional Airport Deputy CEO/Football Decolas Kiiza amidst cheers from the adoring fans.
From the airport, the team was led to Jevine Hotel in Rubaga where it was hosted to a dinner to duly welcome them back home and celebrate their triumph.
Uganda won the CECAFA U15 challenge championship hosted in Asmara, Eritrea after seeing off all opposition in style in six games, scoring 23 goals and conceding none.
At the dinner, the Leader of the Delegation Ms. Agnes Mugena praised the team spirit, discipline and effort that helped them to glory. She called onthe Team Captain Vicent Mulema to hand over the trophy to the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo at the high table who was flanked by second Vice President Darius Mugoye and the FUFA CEO Edgar Watson.
The dinner was also attended by some of players’ parents.
‘ I would like to congratulate you on this achievement. We always got daily reports and your discipline is very commendable. Early this year we narrowly missed out on qualifying for the U17 FIFA World Cup and so preparations for the next U17 AFCON had to start early, you are the group that is going to play in the qualifiers. Our vision is to be the number one footballing nation in Africa on and off the field and this success aligns with that. We shall continue with the development of this group’ said FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo.‘I met you before you left for Eritrea and i told you that i would like you to see you continue with your education. I also wish to see yo get clubs and start playing in the rebranded U17 FUFA Juniors League as this will help you develop as players. Development of players at your stage is done on a daily basis’ further said FUFA President.
The players were each rewarded with a ball and a new pair of boots. FUFA guidelines do not allow monetary incentives to players at this age.
A pair of goal nets were handed to the players to take back to their schools as a contribbution to the efforts towards thse players and a FUFA branded cup to their parents as a souvenir for allowing them to represent the country.
Uganda’s Abas Kyeyune finished as the top scorer of the tournament with 9 goals and Travis Mutyaba had 6 six
MAIN PHOTO: Uganda U15 pose for a photo upon return at Entebbe International Airport.