Hippos off to South Sudan to complete task

first_img Tags: AFCON U20Hipppsmatia luleMustapha Kiiza Hippos before departure at the Entebbe International Airport on FridayAfrica U20 qualifiersSouth Sudan vs. UgandaJuba Stadium, JubaSaturday, 31-03-2017. 04:00pmThe Uganda U20 National Team, the Hippos have this afternoon departed for South Sudan where they will be playing the return leg of the U20 AFCON qualifiers.The Hippos are very much high in spirits after the 5-1 demolition of their South Sudan counter parts at the start of the month.A squad of 18 players will be representing the country in a match that is seen by many as a done deal but head coach Matia Lule is not getting carried away.“Yes we won by a comfortable scoreline in the first leg but the job is not yet done, said Lule before departure.“When you look at how they (played) especially in the first half in the first leg, i think you will know that they are very much still in it.“I have told my players not to get complacent in any way and i hope the message came across clearly.The Hippos have been undertaking intensive training since Monday and will be hoping all goes in their favour on Saturday.They will be without the suspended defender Mustapha Kiiza who is serving a two game ban after he was sent off in the first game.Kiiza will also be absent in the first leg come the next phase of qualification but Lule says it is not a problem.“We have a number of Kiiza’s in Uganda and i know we will be able to cope minus him.“He is one of a number of players and we can’t seat done and cry over his absence.Kiiza has the highest number of assists in the league this season (11).The players that have travelled:Saidi Keni, Otim Denis, Willa Paul, Geoffrey Wasswa, Mustafa Mujuzi, Abubakar Kasule Muhammad, Julius Poloto, Frank Tumwesigye, Steven Mukwala, Saddam Masereka, Allan Okello, Fred Okot, Ssekyanzi Faisal, Asiku Bashir, Joshua Okiror, Kitabalwa Robert, Achai Hebert, Ivan Eyamu.The Technical Team:Head coach – Matia LuleAssistant Coach – James OdochGoalkeeping Coach – Sam KawalyaTeam Doctor – Lule MichealTeam Coordinator – Makumbi SuliatMedia Officer – Farid MpagiMatch Officials:Georges Gatogato (Burundi) – Center RefereeGustave Baguma (Burundi) – Assistant RefereeHerve Kakunze (Burundi) – Assistant RefereeThierry Nkurunziza (Burundi) – Fourth OfficialSylvester Kirw (Kenya) – Match CommissionerRachid Medjiba (Algeria) – Security OfficerComments last_img read more