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U17 Zonal Qualifiers: Uganda Cubs Seek Resuscitation Against South Sudan


Uganda Cubs had a sloppy start to the U17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers currently ongoing in Tanzania losing the first game to Ethiopia.

This means, the team is now faced with a mountain challenge of advancing to the next stage and every game at the moment matters.

The Cubs return to action on Friday against South Sudan at Chamanzi stadium seeking to bounce back and boost their chances.

Peter Onen, the head coach of the team is confident the time between the loss to Ethiopia and game against South Sudan has enabled them to rectify their mistakes and believes the boys are in good shape.

” We have had enough time between then and now to address our mistakes in the first game and I’m confident we shall overcome South Sudan.” Said Onen.

He further added that, through this period, they have observed how their opponents play including South Sudan and thus knows both their weaknesses and strength.


” We have been able to watch them play so we have an idea of what they can and what they can’t. I’m optimistic this will be an added advantage to us. “

Onen has made two changes from the team that started against Ethiopia with Ivan Asaba and John Rogers replacing Idd Abdulwahid and Najib Yiga respectively.

After South Sudan, the Cubs will face Kenya and Djibouti.

Ethiopia currently lead group B on six points, Kenya is on 4, South Sudan have three while Uganda and Djibouti have no point.

The winner of the tournament will represent the CECAFA region at the U17 Africa Cup of Nations that will still be held in Tanzania.

Uganda Cubs Starting XI
Delton Oyo, Samson Kasozi, Kevin Ssekimbega, Gavin Kizito Mugweri(C), John Rogers, Ibrahim Ekellot, Polycarp Mwaka, Thomas Kakaire, Davis Ssekajja, Ivan Asaba,Ibrahim Juma

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