Tuesday Dec 05, 2017. 16:30
Uganda's side set to participate as guests at the 2017 U-20 Cosafa Cup arrived safely in Zambia on Monday.
The Hippos contingent arrived at the Levy Mwanawasa International Airport, Ndola, ahead of Cosafa U-20 tournament.
A statement released by the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations said the contingent then checked in at the Nobutula Lodge in Kitwe Zambia.
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Following their arrival, the team held a light training session under the watchful eye of coach Mathias Lule, who also had a chat with his charges.
“The players are in good shape and ready to play the hosts Zambia,” said skipper Muhammed Shaban.
Together with Egypt, Uganda will appear as one of the invited countries for the regional youth tournament.
On the other hand the head of delegation, Hajji Abdul Lukooya Ssekabira, expressed delight upon the successful journey from Entebbe through Ethiopia and Congo to finally reach Zambia.
“First of all, I would love to thank the Almighty Allah for the successful journey mercies he gave us. The players and the rest of the officials are in sound health. We are ready for the tournament which kicks off on Wednesday,” Hajji Ssekabira noted.
The Hippos will open their account on Wednesday against hosts and defending champions, the Young Chipolopolo.
The full squad:
Goalkeepers: Eric Kibowa, Keni Saidi, Ali Mwerusi
Outfield players: Fred Okot, Andrew Okiringi, Mustapha Kizza, Victor Matovu, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Geofrey Wasswa, Abubaker Muhammed Kasule, Julius Poloto, David Owori, Pius Obuya, Frank Tumwesigye, Shafiq Kagimu, Allan Okello, Muhammed Shaban, Mujahid Baden, Steven Mukwala, Hamis Tibita