AFCON U-20 Qualifiers 2nd Leg
Cameroon 1 (5) – 0 (4) Uganda
Stade OmniSport de Yaounde, Cameroon
Uganda Hippos AFCON U-20 Qualifiers, came to an end on Friday evening as they lost 5-4 on penalties to West African giants Cameroon.
The Hippos went into the game leading the tie 1-0, a result that was attained six days ago at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo.
Matia Lule made only one Change in the team that started against Cameroon six days ago but seemed to alter his formation.
Having played a 4:5:1 formation at home, defender Bashir Asiku replaced the hardworking midfielder Kasule Abubakar in a move that clearly showed that he (Lule) was going for a more conservative approach with five defenders on the pitch.
After a goalless first half, the Hippos conceded a penalty that was converted by Nkeng Tadeus 22 minutes from time.
With the scores locked at 1-1 on aggregate, penalties were required to separate the two sides.
The young Indomitable Lions converted all their five penalties as Uganda missed one.
The four penalties that the Hippos converted were scored by KCCA trio of Allan Okello, Julius Poloto and Mustapha Kiiza plus another thanks to Vipers’ defender Bashir Asiku.
Police FC’s Paul Willa was the unfortunate individual as he missed the decisive fifth kick from 12 yards.
Looking back at the events that have seen Matia Lule’s side reach as far as they have, there is nothing that the side should be ashamed of.
They convincingly over came South Sudan in the first round of qualifiers 8-1 on aggregate, including a 5-1 win in the first leg.
Defeating one of the best under age side, Cameroon 1-0 in the first leg last week was also an achievement that the young guns should be proud of.
The team is expected to jet into the country on Saturday evening before resuming usual duty at their respective clubs.
Cameroon now move to the third round of qualification where they will take in another power house in Mali.
The Hippos team that featured against Cameroon in Yaounde:
Saidi Keni GK (90′ Denis Otim), Paul Willa, Mustapha Kiiza, Mustafa Mujuzi, Geoffrey Wasswa, Bashir Asiku, Julius Poloto (cpt), Ivan Eyam, Steven Mukwala, Frank Tumwesigye (Robert Kitabalwa), Allan Okello.
Un Used players:
Fred Okot, Faisal Ssekyanzi, Herbert Achai, Hamis Tibita, Abubaker Kasule.