By: Daniel Nsubuga
The national under 20 team has been drawn neighbours against South Sudan in the qualifiers of the 2019 junior African cup of nations to be hosted by Niger.
Uganda will host the first match on the weekend of 30th/31st March and the return leg on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of April.
The aggregate winner between the two sides will meet Cameroon who alongside other 12 nations have been exempted from the first round.
Full first round fixtures
Uganda Vs South Sudan
Kenya Vs Rwanda
Mauritania Vs Morocco
Guinea Bissau Vs Sierra Leone
Algeria Vs Tunisia
Liberia Vs Benin
Gabon Vs Togo
Ethiopia Vs Burundi
Seychelles Vs Mozambique
Malawi vs Swaziland
Tanzania vs DR Congo
Exempted teams :
Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon,Congo,Cote d’Ivoire,Gambia,Ghana,Guinea,Egypt,Libya,Mali,Nigeria , Senegal , Sudan, South Africa and Zambia
The teams exempted are the 12 teams who qualified to the final tournaments of the last two editions in addition to the
4 teams who reached the last round of the qualifiers of the last edition.
The championship is a biennial competition and the main youth football competition on the continent, semi finalists of the competition automatically qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup. Zambia are the defending champions.