African Games: Uganda Hippos on the Verge of historic Glory

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Uganda U-20 National Football Men’s team, (Uganda Hippos) are poised to make history when they battle for gold against hosts Ghana in the final of the 13th African Games at Accra Sports Stadium on Friday night (11Pm).

The Hippos needed a 4-2 comeback win to overcome Congo in the final of the competition, courtesy of goals from Bruno Bunyaga x2, Abas Kyeyune and Hakim Mutebi goals.

Ghana cruised to the final with a narrow 1-0 win over Senegal at the semifinal stage.

The Uganda Hippos are contesting in their first ever African Games final.

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The best ever finish for a Ugandan U-20 National team side was reaching the 1999 semifinal.

Ironically, currently Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso played in the 1999 team.

Against Ghana, the Uganda Hippos will be seeking revenge having lost 2-0 in the final of the AFCON U-20 in Mauritania, three years ago.

Byekwaso’s charges have a 100% record having won four of the games they have played and are the top scorers in the tournament with eight goals.

Bruno Bunyaga x2, Abasi Kyeyune, Hakim Mutebi, Usama Arafat, Ivan Irinimbabazi, Allan Oyirwoth and Apollo Kagogwe are the scorers of the eight goals for Uganda at the tournament.

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Ghana under the stewardship of Desmond Sakyi Ofei are also still unbeaten in the competition winning three and drawn once.

The West African nation has previously won gold at the event in 2011 and also has two bronze medals (1978 and 2003).

Uganda’s Road To The Final – (Group B Winner with 9 Points);

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Uganda 2-1 Nigeria (Group Stage)
Uganda 1-0 Senegal (Group Stage)
Uganda 1-0 S. Sudan (Group Stage)
Uganda 4-2 Congo (Semifinal)

Ghana’s Road To The Final – (Group A Winner with 7 Points);

Ghana 0-0 Congo (Group Stage)
Ghana 3-1 Gambia (Group Stage)
Ghana 1-0 Benin (Group Stage)
Ghana 1-0 Senegal (Semifinal)

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