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Uganda Secures Semifinal Spot in CECAFA U18 Boys Championship

The Uganda U18 national team showcased their prowess in a gripping encounter against South Sudan today afternoon, securing a well-deserved 2-0 victory in last group stage match. The thrilling battle saw Uganda clinch a spot in the semifinals of the CECAFA U18 Boys Championship.

The game’s narrative unfolded dramatically, with Richard Okello etching his name into the score sheet in the 63rd minute. Okello’s precise strike came after a remarkable cutback from Ssonko Ssembatya Hafidhu, setting the stadium alight with jubilation from the Ugandan contingent.

The momentum continued to build for Uganda as Kisiriko Denis capitalized on an opportunity in the 84th minute. Denis expertly converted Mukisa Simon’s well-delivered free-kick, securing Uganda’s victory and cementing their dominance in the encounter.

Head coach Morley Byekwaso was impressed by the players’ adaptability and aggression;

“It wasn’t an easy game, we started with pressure and created a lot of chances in the first half but didn’t take them away. We told them to insist on doing that and eventually, we got what we wanted.”

The journey to this significant triumph was no easy feat. Leading Group B with an impressive 6 points from 3 games, Uganda showcased not just their talent but also their resilience and tactical prowess having come into today’s game sitting at the bottom of the table. This win underlines the team’s commitment and ability to perform under pressure on the continental stage.

Looking ahead, Uganda now sets its sights on a pivotal semifinal clash against Rwanda. Scheduled for Tuesday, 5th December 2023, at the Jomo Kenyatta Mambo Leo Stadium, this encounter promises to be a riveting spectacle. As the anticipation mounts, fans eagerly await the showdown between these two formidable teams, both hungry for a spot in the coveted CECAFA U18 Boys Championship finals.

“We shall play our way, possess as we approach into the final third and score and when we lose the ball, defend as a unit.” Morley commented on his readiness for the semifinals.

Uganda’s journey in this championship continues to captivate audiences, highlighting the depth of talent within the squad. With their eyes fixed on the championship trophy, the team aims to build on this impressive performance, inspiring hope and pride among supporters back home.


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19. Magada Abdu (GK), 22. Karungi Abusaid, 21. Mpasa Swabir, 3. Mukisa Simon, 5. Anguti Amagu Louis (C), 6. Kisolo John Innocent, 11. Okello Richard, 20. Mutebi Hakim, 9. Mayanja Abubaker, 10. Mutyaba Travis, 17. Yiga Alex


1. Etuta Bieven Siraje, 13. Wandera Hakim, 14. Ssonko Ssembatya Hafidhu, 23. Batiibwe Charlse Okello, 4. Katongole Frank, 16. Kisiriko Denis, 8. Ssekajugo Elvis, 2. Namaisi Stephen, 15. Kyeyune Abasi

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