Morley Byekwaso – I am glad my players responded well

The Uganda U20 head coach Morley Byekwaso has lauded the players after a win against Burundi.

Uganda Hippos picked up a 6-1 win over their fellow East African side in a Cecafa Championship tie on Wednesday.

The victory saw Uganda earn four points and go top of their group as Burundi are scheduled to face South Sudan on Friday in Group B’s last match.

Uganda’s starting lineup

“I am glad my players responded well and scored many goals,” Morley Byekwaso was quoted by Cecafa Online after the game.

After being frustrated by South Sudan in the opener with a 0-0 draw, the Hippos responded by dispatching Burundi in the second engagement.

Ivan Bogere, after earning his first start in the tournament, scored the opener for Uganda in the 42nd minute.

Then, a penalty was successfully converted by Najib Iga two minutes after the opener had been registered.

Bogere scored his second in the 52nd minute to make it 3-0 for Uganda.

Fortebet Uganda

Isma Mugulusi got two goals and Joseph Kizza got one to hand the Hippos a huge win.

Alfred Nkurunziza scored the only goal for Burundi in two minutes of added time that was awarded by Somalian referee Ahmed Hassan Hussein.

The championship also acts as the U20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for the Cecafa region.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia bounced back from their opening loss to Kenya and mounted a comeback to stun Sudan 3-2 in a Group C match.

It was Sudan’s first match and they started on a high with two goals from Abdelkarim Yousif in the first half.

Ethiopia responded in the second half and restored parity from two goals scored by Beyene Bayse.

Biruk Balcha scored the winning goal at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha.

The top teams in each group will qualify for the semis while the second-placed team is expected to take the fourth available slot.

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