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Mawa’s Late Strike Propels Uganda Cubs to U-17 AFCON Tournament

• Uganda Cubs 1-0 Djibouti

Livewire Oscar Mawa’s late strike lifted Uganda Cubs over a resilient Djibouti (1-0) to qualify for the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco.

Mawa’s goal came after 89 minutes during semi-final duel of the CECAFA U-17 championship at Umuganda stadium in Rwanda on Sunday afternoon.

The KCCA Soccer Academy player had his 24th minute goal canceled for an off-side before having his shot blocked moments after.

In the 44th minute, Mawa missed a free header off Issa Bugembe’s delivery before Samir Mudiba missed a free header from a curling corner kick off Ibrahim Juma at the stroke of halftime.

Goalkeeper Osman Youssouf later made a brilliant save to punch Mudiba’s attempt over the cross bar while Travis Mutyaba had his close range effort go wide.

With a minute to the final whistle, Hassan Mubiru released a defense splitting pass through Djibouti’s backline to meet Mawa who slotted home past goalkeeper Osman.

The hard fought win inspires Uganda Cubs to the CECAFA U-17 final as well as qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament scheduled for next year in Morocco.

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Uganda Cubs will play the final with the winner between Tanzania and Ethiopia who will face off in the other second semi-final clash.

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