The Uganda National U-17 team (Cubs) will return to back home with their heads up.
Despite missing out on the semi-final slot at the on-going AFCON U-17 championship, the Cubs won made a debut appearance picked crucial lessons.
Uganda drew one all with Nigeria in the final group A match played at the Chamazi Sports Complex in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on Saturday.
Super substitute John Kokas Alou headed home the game opener 21 minutes from from time, a few minutes after he had replaced the injured Andrew Kawooya on 68 minutes.
It took the West Africans only five minutes to bring the game level through Ibraheem Jabaar who beat defenders and the largely impressive goalkeeper Jack Komakech for the equalizer.
With Angola’s 4-2 win over the hosts Tanzania, Uganda completed the campaign third of group A.
Nigeria tops with seven points, Angola on six, Uganda with four and Tanzania miserably ends without any point.
Both Nigeria and Angola progress to the semi-finals and will play at the 2019 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Uganda Cubs XI:
Jack Komakech (GK), Justine Opiro, Samson Kasozi, Ibrahim Juma, Najib Yiga, Gavin Kizito (C), Davis Sekajja, Ivan Asaba (53’ Isma Mugulusi), Thomas Kakaire, Andrew Kawooya (68’ John Kokas Alou), Rogers Mugisha (52’ Abdulwahid Iddi)