The Uganda U20 “Hippos” head coach Morley Byekwaso says he has concentrated more on improving the fitness of his players for the past three days ahead of the 2021 AFCON U20 tournament in Mauritania.
The Hippos began official training on Thursday, January 21, at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.
Morley Byekwaso says“,We have so far been training for three days and my main focus is how to improve on the fitness levels of my players.”
“Most of these players have been away since the Uganda Premier League came to a standstill in December so they are not physically fit.”
Byekwaso also revealed that he intends to reduce on the squad today to a manageable number.
“ I will reduce on the squad to a number we can manage as we prepare for a friendly game on Wednesday against KCCA FC before we can come up with the final 25 players for the tournament.”
This is Uganda’s first time to qualify for the continental showpiece which will kick off on February 14 in Mauritania.
Uganda U20 Hippos Squad:
Goalkeepers: Jack Komakech (Ascent SA), Ronald Kiberu (Synergy FC), Delton Oyo (Busoga United FC), Denis Ssenyondwa Kaala (SC Villa), Daniel Ochama (Boro Boro SuperSport FC), Peter Kato (Super Cubs FC)
Defenders: Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), Kenneth Semakula (Busoga United FC), Abdul Aziz Kayondo (Vipers SC), Musa Ramathan (KCCA FC) Joseph Kafumbe (KCCA FC), Robert Kitabalwa (Vipers SC), James Begisa Penz (UPDF FC), Simon Baligeya (Kibuli SS), Richard Bbosa (Express FC)
Midfielders: Isma Mugulusi (Busoga United FC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Steven Sserwadda (KCCA FC), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC), Umar Lutalo (Aspire Academy), Alou John Kokas (URA FC), Swamadu Okur (Kataka FC), Ivan Eyamu (Mbarara City FC), Andrew Kawooya ( KCCA FC), Ivan Asaba (Vipers SC), Davis Ssekajja (Bright Stars FC), Faisal Wabyoona (Big Talent SA).
Forwards: Ivan Bogere (Proline FC), Samuel Ssenyonjo (KCCA FC), Derrick Kakooza (Police FC), Richard Basangwa (Vipers SC), Nathan Odokonyero (Lincoln City FC U18-UK), Samuel Kitaka Moses (Loughborough University-UK), Joseph Bukenya Kizza (KCCA FC), Raymond Onyai (Mbarara City FC), Ashraf Mulindi (Kataka FC), Emmanuel Mukisa (Kataka FC), Alpha Ssali Thierry (Proline FC)