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CECAFA U23: Uganda Kobs start campaign with tough tie against guests DR Congo

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Uganda v DR Congo – 1300hrs

Djibouti v Kenya – 1600hrs

Uganda Kobs start their CECAFA U23 Challenge Cup campaign with a tough encounter against guest nation DR Congo at the Bahir Dar International Stadium in the 1:00pm kick off.

Morley Byekwaso’s coached team will hope for a dream start if they are to enhance their chances of qualifying from the group that also has Tanzania as the third opponent.

The team got two preparation games against Saudi Arabia’s Olympic games team and managed a goalless draw in the first meeting before losing 2-0 in the second game.

Byekwaso says every game in the tournament will be treated with a lot of caution.

“We do not know a lot about our first opponents DR Congo, but we are well prepared for our first match because we know it means a lot in a tournament,” said Byekwaso.

Byekwaso is expected to rely on some of the senior players on the team like goalkeeper Charles Lukwago and striker Steven Mukwala.

Derrick Kakooza, Bobosi Byaruhanga and Gavin Kizito starred at the AFCON U20

AFCON U-20 stars Derrick Kakooza, Bobosi Byaruhanga and Steven Serwadda are other players expected to inspire the Kobs to a dream start.

Their opponents DR Congo will be coached by Jean Claude Loboko but will be under the supervision of Hector Cúper who is the newly appointed coach for the senior team.

Loboko is expected to rely on TP Mazembe’s duo of Joel Beya and Jean Baleke.

The other game on the day will see Kenya’s Emerging Stars take on Djibouti in Group C at 4pm.

CECAFA has decided to ban fans from attending the games after fans failed to observe SOPs and social distance in the tournament’s opener between Ethiopia and Eritrea which ended 3-3.

The top three teams from each group will automatically qualify for the semi finals and will be joined by the best second placed team.

Charles Lukwago is expected to start in goal (FUFA Media)

Uganda’s Probable XI;

Charles Lukwago (GK), Enock Walusimbi (Captain), Aziz Kayondo, Gavin Kizito, Peter Magambo, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Steven Sserwadda, Karim Watambala, Najib Yiga, Derrick Kakooza, Steven Mukwala

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