Derrick Kakooza and Steven Sserwadda scored a goal each in the second half of the game against Mozambique to help Uganda mark her maiden appearance at the Afcon U-20 finals with a 2-0 win.
In a match played on Monday afternoon at the Stade Olympique, Nouakchott City, in Mauritania, the Hippos of Uganda looked like perennials despite the 2021 edition being their first.
The Morley Byekwaso coached boys largely showed confidence and dominated proceedings from the onset although they failed to hit the back of the net in the first 45 minutes.
Kakooza, Richard Basangwa and Ivan Bogere all had chances to put Uganda in front but saw their efforts go begging thus heading into the break 0-0.
At resumption however, the Ugandans changed gears and the hard work paid off when Kakooza broke the deadlock in the 56th minute.
The Police FC forward converted from the spot after a Mozambique defender was judged by the referee to have held the ball inside the forbidden area.
Five minutes from time, scorer Kakooza turned provider as he setup Sserwadda following a well culculated cross from the left by Najib Yiga.
Uganda Hippos’ next game will be on Wednesday February 17, 2021 against Cameroon who beat hosts Mauritania 1-0 on Sunday in the first game of group A and the tournament as well.
Jack Komakech (G.K), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (Captain), Azizi Kayondo, Musa Ramathan, Kenneth Semakula, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Najib Yiga(Joseph Kizza Bukenya),Isma Mugulusi(Ivan Eyamu), Richard Basangwa, Ivan Bogere(Steven Sserwadda), Derrick Kakooza
Denis Ssenyondwa Kaala (SC Villa), Delton Oyo, Joseph Kafumbe (KCCA), James Penz Begisa (UPDF), Simon Baligeya, Ivan Eyamu, Andrew Kawooya, Ivan Asaba, Steven Sserwadda, Davis Ssekajja, Faisal Wabyoona, Joseph Kizza Bukenya, Alpha Thierry Ssali, Samuel Ssenyonjo