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U-20 AFCON: Hippos off to a bright start with win over Central African Republic



Uganda Hippos kicked off their AFCON U20 campaign with a 2-1 win over Central African Republic in a group B contest at the Suez Canal Authority Stadium, Ismailia.

Second half goals from skipper Ismail Mugulusi and striker John Paul Dembe handed Jackson Mayanja’s side maximum points.

Boris Gbenou found a consolation for Central African Republic deep in stoppage time.

The Hippos dominated proceedings and could have scored more goals with Travis Mutyaba and Titus Ssematimba both coming close.

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Just after the recess, Apollo Kakogwe thought he had given the Hippos the lead with a sensational overhead kick but was ruled out for offside.

Moments later, Mugulusi broke the deadlock off a Ssematimba assist.

Ssematimba had his effort hit the post in the 69th minute.

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Dembe doubled Uganda’s advantage in the 74th minute before Central African Republic found a consolation through Gbenou in stoppage time.

Uganda will next face off with Congo Brazzaville on Thursday, 23rd February.

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