The national Under-17 side, The Cubs, have one foot into the next round of qualification for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship after winning 2-1 away in Seychelles on Saturday, writes Moses Mugalu.
The road to Niger 2015 couldn’t have started on a better note for The Cubs as they easily dispatched Seychelles 2-1 in the preliminary round first leg in Victoria on Saturday. Charles Ssebutinde struck after 19 minutes to give the visiting Uganda youngsters a 1-0 half time lead. Pius Obuya doubled the aantage after the break before the hosts pulled one back late in the game.
Cubs coach Matia Lule praised his youngsters’ performance, which was a rare away victory for a Ugandan team.
“We now have the aantage but there is no relaxing until the job is done in the return leg,” Lule said after the game.
The return leg is set for June 28 at Nakivubo stadium in Kampala. If The Cubs eliminate Seychelles, as widely expected, they will take on neighbours Rwanda in the first round of qualifiers, scheduled for July 18 and August 3.
The winner of that tie will face Botswana or Zambia in the final round of qualification to decide the final berths for the continental showpiece in Niger next year.
It’s worth noting that Uganda was banned from this competition in 2010 after fielding ineligible over-aged players. Consequently, Lule stuck to the mandatory age test (MRI scans) in selecting players for the team as directed by Africa football ruling body, Caf, in its bid to curb age-cheating.
Uganda’s Starting XI:
Eric Kibowa, Andrew Isiagi Okiring, Alex Komakech, Bashir Asiku, Samuel Kato, Julius Poloto, Musa Mukalazi, Shaban Muhammed, Charles Ssebutinde and Pius Obuya
Source : The Observer