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Hippos intensify training ahead of Cameroon return leg

The Hippos are gearing up for the return leg away to Cameroon

AFCON U-20 Qualifiers 2019

Cameroon vs Uganda

Yaounde, Cameroon

Friday, 18-05-2019

The Uganda U-20 national football team, the Hippos have resumed training as they prepare for the second leg tie away to Cameroon on Friday.

The Hippos are currently in a residential training setting at the African Bible Study Campus in Lubowa where they undertake double sessions in the morning and evening.

Head coach Matia Lule is optimistic that his boys can get the job done on Friday.

“We are intensifying our preparations because the job is far from over, said Lule.

“We got the result we desired at home, winning and not conceding and i am optimistic we can go to Yaounde and score an away goal.

“Hopefully we don’t concede and put ourselves in a dangerous situation.

The Hippos will have KCCA FC defender Mustapha Kizza returning after he completed his two match ban for the red card he received against South Sudan at the StarTimes stadium last month.

His experience of playing with KCCA in the CAF Champions league remains a key component for the Hippos.

Team captain Julius Poloto and Allan Okello are the other players with CAF Champions league experience on the current Hippos side.

Julius Poloto (extreme right) is one of the three players absent from camp

The trio will join the rest of the players after KCCA’s CAF Champions’ league match with Al Alhy on Tuesday at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Also Read: KCCA FC hopes to maintain outstanding home record when they host Al Ahly

The Uganda U-20 team is expected to depart the country on Wednesday.

Uganda won the first leg on Saturday 1-0 cartousy of a Steven Mukwala first half strike.

Also Read: Hippos take narrow lead in AFCON qualifiers against Cameroon

That was Mukwala’s fourth goal of the qualifying campaign and he still leads the chats Gabon’s Gabriel Ndong who has three.

Hippos during a previous team bonding session

The U-20 players currently in camp:

Goalkeepers: Saidi Keni (Proline), Denis Otim (Mbarara FC), Dennis Darren Ssebugwawo (Telesa, Mutundwe)

Defenders: Paul Willa (Police), Fred Okot (URA), Robert Kitabalwa (St Mary’s Kitende S.S), Herbert Achai (Kibuli S.S and KCCA Junior Team), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline), Geofrey Wasswa (Vipers), Bashir Asiku (Vipers)

Midfielders: Abubaker Kasule (Unattached), Ivan Eyam (Amus College and Ktaka FC), Frank Tumwesigye (Vipers), Faisal Ssekyanzi (St Mary’s Nabweru), Raymond Onyai (Kataka)

Strikers: Steven Mukwala (Vipers), Hamisi Tibita (BUL).

The Ones expected in Camp on Tuesday evening:

Allan Okello, Mustafa Kizza, Julius Poloto (Team Captain) all play for KCCA FC.

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