*Uganda Hippos (U20) Vs Ghana U20. |Final
Date:6th March 2021.
Venue: Olympic stadium in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
Time: 11:00 (E.A.T)
The Total U20 Africa Nations Championships tournament of the 16th edition which kicked off on 14th February 2021 will come to closure on the evening of Saturday, 6th March in an epic of final pitted between debutants Uganda Hippos against 3 times Champions, Ghana at the Olympic stadium in Nouakchott Mauritania.
Marley Byekwaso’s coached nation (Uganda) will hope to make history on first time of asking in the tournament.
Ghana are looking forward in winning their 4th title of the Championship having gone now 12 years with tasting the crown.
*Looking at how both countries reached to Finals.
Uganda Hippos marked their debut with a 2-0 win over Mozambique before falling 1-0 to Cameroon and wrapping up the group stage games with coming from goal down to eject hosts (Mauritania) to make it through to the last eight.
In the Quarter finals Uganda held Burkina Faso to a goalless draw at full time including extra time forcing gamr into spot kicks were they emarged victorious on 5-3 scores.
Uganda Hippos had a 4-1 sweet victory over the North Africans giants Tunisia in the Semi Finals to make it through to the finals.
Meanwhile, Ghana U20, reaching to the knock out stages were one of the two best third placed teams after picking up a draw against Morocco and win against Tanzania before losing their last group game 2-1 against Gambia.
In the quarter finals, Ghana defeated Cameroon on spot kicks after playing to a 1-1 draw to make it through to the semi finals.
In the semi finals, Ghana had a revenge after doing good homework against Gambia who beat them in group stages and won by 1-0 to progress to the finals.
It’s not going to be first time that these two great countries meet up in this under 20 category, the last time they faced each other was in 2012 in 2013 AFCON U20 Qualifiers, and Ghana knocked out Uganda on a 4-1 aggregate despite the fact that Uganda had won the first leg in Kampala.
What the Coaches said a head of the encounter.
Ghana coach Abdul Karim Zito:
“The fact that we have won this title before is in the past. Now we need to look at the present. We are keen to take this Cup and the biggest reason is because Ghanaian people trusted us and sent us here and it would only proper if we give them a gift especially on the day Ghana is celebrating its birthday.” Abdul Karim told the press conference as quoted by Cafonline.
“In Africa now, there are no big names or small names. Each country is improving and we know Uganda will be a tough opponent. They beat Tunisia 4-1 and it was not luck. They played well and we will not underrate them.”
Uganda Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso
“It will be tough game because we will be playing a strong, tactical team with a lot of experience in this tournament, but we are ready to play. We have nothing to lose and we only need to play good, whoever plays well will take the day. Byekwaso said.
“We need to have lots of tactical discipline because we know how strong and physical they are and how good they are on the ball. If we read the opponent right and prepare well for them, I know we will succeed.”