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Uganda Hippos Starting XI against Ghana in the 2021 AFCON U20 final.

Uganda Hippos (U20)

Uganda Hippos is the U20 National Football Team for boys. Morley Byekwaso is the current head coach assisted by Simeon Masaba. SC Villa defender Garvin Kizito Mugweri is the team captain.


Uganda Hippos Team during the 2019 CECAFA U20 Championship
  • 2019 CECAFA U20 Championship

Uganda Hippos played in the CECAFA U20 Championship in 2019 as hosts. Placed in Group A with Eritrea, Djibouti, and Burundi.

  • Hippos 1-1 Eretria

Ivan Bogere scored for the Hippos in the 37th minute before the equalizer came from Yosief Tesfai Mewael in the 57th minute.

  • Djibouti 1-5 Hippos

Steven Sserwadda (brace), Ivan Bogere, Isma Mugulusi, and Justine Opiro scored for Hippos.

  • Hippos 2-2 Sudan

Steven Sserwadda and Bright Anukani were on target for Hippos

  • Quarterfinals:

In the quarterfinals, the Hippos fell to rivals Tanzania by 4-2. Aziz Kayondo scored the two goals for Hippos.

Uganda Hippos players celebrate their goal in CECAFA 2019
  • Hippos Squad in 2019 CECAFA U20


  • Jack Komakech (Soccer for Good)
  • Dennis Otim (Mbarara FC)
  • Patrick Mubiru (B stars)

Outfield Players

  •  Kevin Ssekimbegga (Express FC)
  • Justine Opiro(KCCA JT)
  • Aziz Kayondo (Vipers SC)
  • Robert Kitabalwa (St Mary’s Kitende)
  • Gavin Kizito Mugweri (capt) (SC Villa)
  • Kenneth Semakula (Busoga United)
  • Derrick Kigundu (Buddo SS)
  • Midfielders: Joseph Kafumbe (KCCA FC)
  • Davis Ssekajja (B Stars)
  • Hassan Senyonjo (Wakiso Giants)
  • Bright Anukani (Proline FC)
  • Steven Sserwadda (KCCA FC)
  • Forwards: Sadat Anaku (KCCA FC)
  • Isma Mugulusi (Busoga Utd)
  • Ivan Bogere (Proline FC)
  • Ivan Asaba (St Mary’s Kitende)
  • Maseruka Sadam (Bul FC)
  • Najib Yiga (Vipers JT)


  •     Morley Byekwaso         (Head Coach)
  •      Lutalo Hamuza            (Assistant Coach)
  •      Stephen Kigundu         (Goalkeeping Coach)
  •       Mutyaba Bashir           (Team Coordinator)
  •       Team Media Officer    (Nsereko Hamza Kawuma)
  •       Kyesimira Arthur        (Fitness trainer)
  •       Kabatalindwa Mable   (Team Doctor)
  •       Mulondo Sam               (Kits Manager)

2018 AFCON U20 Qualifier

Uganda Hippos captain Julius Poloto (Red) together with match officials prior to Cameroon encounter in Yaounde. 
  • Hippos 1-0 Cameroon (1st Leg)

The Hippos under coach Mathias Lule managed to win continental powerhouse Cameroon at home. Striker Steven Mukwala scored the only goal for Hippos in the 1st leg of 2018 AFCON U20 qualifier against Cameroon at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on May 12th 2018

  • Hippos Team in 1st Leg

Saidi Keni (GK), Paul Willa, Robert Kitabalwa, Mustafa Mujuzi, Geofrey Wasswa, Abubaker Kasule, Julius Poloto (Captain), Ivan Eyam, Steven Mukwala, Frank Tumwesigye, Allan Okello


Denis Otim (G.K), Fred Okot, Bashir Asiku, Faisal Ssekyanzi, Raymond Onyai, Herbert Achai, Hamisi Tibita

Uganda Hippos Team that played against Cameroon
  • Cameroon 1-0 Hippos (2ng Leg)

In the 2nd Leg, the Hippos slightly missed out from qualification losing 5-4 on penalties. Mustafa Kizza, Julius Poloto, Geoffrey Wasswa, and Allan Okello converted their spot-kicks while Paul Willa’s kick was saved.

  • Hippos 2ng Leg Team against Cameroon

Saidi Keni (GK), Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, Musitafa Mujuzi, Geofrey Wasswa, Bashir Asiku, Julius Poloto (Captain), Ivan Eyam, Steven Mukwala, Frank “Zaga” Tumwesigye, Allan Okello

Subs: Denis Otim (G.K), Fred Okot, Faisal Ssekyanzi, Herbert Achai, Hamisi Tibita, Abubaker Kasule, Robert Kitabalwa

2018 AFCON U20 Qualifier (Preliminary Round)

  • 1st Leg – Uganda Hippos 5-1 South Sudan

In the preliminary Round of the 2018 AFCON U20 Qualifiers, the Hippos played against South Sudan in Kampala. Hippos won 5-1. Mustapha Kizza, Steven Mukwala, Sadam Masereka, Hamis Tibita, and Allan Okello netted for Hippos.

  • 2st Leg – South Sudan 0-3 Uganda Hippos

Away in Juba on April 22nd 2018, the Hippos sealed their berth to the 2nd round with a 3-0 win. Steven Mukwala (brace) and Alla Okello scored for Hippos.

Hippos captain Julius Poloto (right) with the South Sudan captain during the pre match customs
  • Hippos squad that played South Sudan


  • Saidi Keni
  • Denis Otim

Outfield players:

  • Paul Willa
  • Mustafa Kizza
  • Geoffrey Wasswa
  • Musitafa Mujjuzi
  • Abubaker Kasule
  • Julius Poloto (Captain)
  • Allan Okello Steven Mukwala
  • Hamis Tibita
  • Frank Tumwesigye
  • Joshua Okiror
  • Sadam Masereka
  • Faizal Ssekyanzi
  • Bashir Asiku
  • Fred Okot
  • Solomon Ovoyo
Uganda Hippos XI that played South Sudan in Juba


2017 COSAFA U20 Championship

  • Semifinals (Uganda Hippos 0(5)-0(6) Lesotho
  • 3rd Place Playoff (Uganda Hippos 1-3 Egypt)

In 2017, Hippos was invited to take part in the U20 COSAFA Championship in Zambia as a guest team. The Hippos under tactician Mathias Lule reached the semifinals but lost to Lesotho in Penalties after a goalless draw. Lesotho won 6-5.

Hippos settled for a fourth-place losing to Egypt 1-3 in the third-place playoff. Striker and tournament top scorer Shaban Muhammed scored for Hippos.

Team pic of Uganda during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Zambia and Uganda at Arthur Davis Stadium, Kitwe on 6 December 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
  • Group Stage:

Uganda Hippos managed to finish top of Group A with 5 points ahead of defending Champions and host Zambia, Malawi, and Swaziland.

  • Uganda Hippos 2-2 Swaziland

(Muhammed Shaban and Allan Okello scored for Hippos)

  • Malawi 1-1 Uganda Hippos

(Steven Mukwala scored for Hippos)

  • Uganda Hippos 2-0 Zambia

(Muhammed Shaban scored a brace)

Shaban Muhammed celebrates a goal in the COSAFA U-20 Championship

Hippos Squad in 2017 COSAFA U20


  • Eric Kibowa
  • Keni Saidi
  • Ali Mwerusi

Outfield players:

  • Fred Okot
  • Andrew Okiringi
  • Mustafa Kizza
  • Victor Matovu
  • Musitafa Mujjuzi
  • Geoffrey Wasswa
  • Abubaker Muhammed Kasule
  • Julius Poloto
  • David Owori
  • Pius Obuya
  • Frank Tumwesigye
  • Shafiq Kagimu
  • Allan Okello
  • Muhammed Shaban
  • Mujahid Baden
  • Steven Mukwala
  • Hamis Tibita


  • Head of Delegation: Hajji Abdul Ssekabira Lukooya
  • Head coach: Mathias Lule
  • Assistant Coach: James Odoch
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Samuel Kawalya
  • Team Manager: Sulait Makumbi
  • Team Doctor: Ivan Ssewanyana
  • Official: Lawrence Kizito
  • Media Officer: Farid Mpagi

2021 Africa U20 Cup of Nations, Mauritania


Uganda for the first time qualified to the the final tournament in this age category after a successful conquest of the CECAFA Zone in the qualification phase. 

Uganda emerged as Champions in the CECAFA U20 Zonal Qualifiers in Tanzania to qualify for the final tournament in Mauritania.


Despite being debutants, Uganda took the tournament by storm, and progressed all the way to the final where the Hippos lost 2-0 to Ghana.

Striker Derrick Kakooza emerged as the tournament top scorer with five goals in six games.

Kakooza alongside left back Aziz Kayondo were named in the tournament best XI with Morley Byekwaso named the best coach.

Three players were awarded with man of the match accolades from the six games that Uganda played at the tournament.

Uganda was also accorded with a Fair play award.

Uganda vs Mozambique – Isma Mugulusi


Uganda vs Mauritania – Aziz Kayondo 

Uganda vs Tunisia – Derrick Kakooza

The Hippos made a perfect start to the tournament overcoming Mozambique on 15th February 2021. 

Derrick Kakooza converted from the spot to give Uganda the lead before Steven Sserwadda came off the bench to double the lead.

In the second game, Uganda faced Cameroon, a game that was closely contested but the latter nicked a 1-0 win.

Uganda came into the final group game determined and a spirited performance saw the Hippos stage a come back to win 2-1 against hosts Mauritania.

Kakooza and Sserwadda yet again were on the score sheet.

At the quarterfinal stage, Uganda was pitted against Burkina Faso. Normal time ended goalless and the game had to be decided on kicks from the penalty mark.

Goalkeeper Jack Komakech was the hero in the penalty shootout, saving Djiga Nasser’s as Uganda went on to win 5-3.

Kakooza, Najib Yiga, Joseph Kizza Bukenya, Ivan Bogere and Kenneth Ssemakula were all perfect for Uganda.

In the semi-finals, the dominant Hippos foraged on Tunisia with a 4-1 win. Derrick Kakooza netted a hat trick while Richard Basangwa added the other.

Ghana overcame Uganda in the final with Daniel Afriyie Banieh scoring a brace.

Upon return, FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo promised a cash prize of $160,000 to the contingent that was in Mauritania.


Uganda Hippos 25 -Man Squad
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