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It’s now or never for the Cubs as they take on Tanzania at AFCON U17

The Cubs lost to Angola in their opening fixture. (FUFA Photos)

AFCON U17 Finals

Uganda vs Tanzania

National Stadium, Dar es Salaam

Wednesday, 17-04-2019 @5pm

DAR ES SALAAM – The Uganda Cubs enter into their second game at the 2019 U17 AFCON finals in a must win situation.

Fabin Kwesi’s side who lost 1-0 to Angola in their first game know that they need to get something out of their game against Tanzania on Wednesday, if they are to stand any chance of making it to the semifinals of the competition.

Into their first appearance at the showpiece, they were not expected to blow away opposition but with the talent at their disposal, getting out of the group is clearly not beyond the Cubs.

What they are saying ahead of the game:

Fabin Kwesi, Cubs head coach.

“Definitely if you lose, you are out of the contention so we are approaching it with all the energy it deserves and give it our best shot and wait for the final result.

“We have done our homework well. We want to get maximum points.

Kwesi knows how vital three points from their next game, are.

Garvin Mugweri Kizito, Cubs captain.

‘We went down in our opening fixture against Angola but we are not out of the competition.

“We have another chance to make a comeback.

“We are playing a team we have ever played but we are not underrating it, all minds are focused onto getting a win out of it.

The Cubs will be without left-back Ibrahim Juma who was sent off in the loss against Angola. Aside from Juma, the rest of the team is available for selection.

For Tanzania, they also find themselves in a similar scenario like Uganda.

Having lost 5-4 in their opening game against Nigeria, the hosts also seek victory so as to stand a chance of progression.

They will take heart from the fact that they scored as many as four in the first game and their target will be trying to shut out Uganda as they also score once or twice at the other end.

Uganda and Tanzania faced off in the regional qualifiers last year with the Cubs winning 3-1 en route to winning the tournament.

The other Group A game will be between Nigeria and Angola. They both have three points after opening their tournament accounts with victory.

The top two teams in each of the two groups in the tournament will qualify automatically for the U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The Cubs squad preparing to take on Tanzania:

Goalkeepers:

Oyo Delton (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Jack Komakech (Ndejje University FC), and Mubiru Patrick (Bright Stars FC).

Out Field Players:

Kevin Ssekimbegga (Express FC), Kasozi Samson (Bright Stars FC), Kizito Mugweri Gavin (Vipers SC), Opira Innocent (Ndejje University), Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC), Kakaire Thomas (Bright Stars FC), Iddi Abdul Wahid (Cagliari FC – Italy), Mwaka Polycarp (Ndejje University FC), Opaala Edrine Mukisa (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), John Kokas Alou (URA FC), Jarieko James (Paidha Black Angels FC), Asaba Ivan (Vipers SC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Mugulusi Isma (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Mugisha Rogers (Mbarara City FC), Opiro Justine(KCCA SA), Kawooya Andrew (Vipers SC).

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