AFCON U20: Uganda Hippos shootout Burkina Faso to storm Semifinals

AFCON U20: Uganda Hippos shootout Burkina Faso to storm Semifinals

By Edrine Lubulwa.

AFCON U20 Quarter Finals:

Thursday February 25th
*Cameroon 1(2)-(4)1 Ghana
*Burkina Faso 0(3)-(5)0 Uganda

Friday, February 26
*Morocco Vs Tunisia
*Central Africa Vs Gambia

Uganda’s U20 national football team, Hippos beat their Burkina Faso counterparts 5-3 on penalties to reach the semi finals of the AFCON U20 tournament currently underway in Mauritania.

Both sides shot blanks even in extra time and the game ended in a dreaded penalty shootout.

Uganda’s goalkeeper Jack Komakech was the hero in the penalty shoot out when he saved Yacoub’s kick from the spot.

For Uganda, all the players that were selected got their efforts converted to help the team win 5-3.

Derrick Kakooza who has scored two goals at the tournament so far left the way sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

He was followed by Joseph Kizza Bukenya then Najib Yiga and Ivan Bogere who all came on as substitutes also converted.

Defender Kenneth Ssemakula did the icing on the cake with the final take that crawled past the Burkinabe goalkeeper.

Uganda will now face the winner between Tunisia and Morocco in the semifinals.

Starting XIs:

Burkina Faso – Moussa Traore, Eric Chardey, Yashir Moustapha, Yocouba Djiga, Roland Sanou, Kouame Jean, Ibrahim Bance, Yves Clovis, Jofrey Bazie, Karamoko Bamba, Moubrack Compaore

Uganda Hippos – Jack Komakech, Aziz Kayondo, Musa Ramathan, Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Kenneth Ssemakula, Steven Sserwadda, Isma Mugulusi, Ivan Asaba, Richard Basangwa, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Samuel Ssenyonjo

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