Coach Morley Byekwaso while speaking ahead of the quarterfinal with Tanzania, said he was not bothered about his team conceding goals
CECAFA U-20 Challenge Cup
Tanzania 4 Uganda 2
Burundi 1 Kenya 2
Eritrea 5 Zanzibar 0
Sudan 1 South Sudan 0
Poor defending and dodgy team selection cost Uganda a semifinal spot after falling to a 4-2 thrashing to Tanzania's at Pece War Memorial Stadium in Gulu on Sunday.
Tanzania's goals were scored by Albert Simchimba and Kelvin Pius John who both struck braces while Uganda’s goals were scored by Aziz Abdul Kayondo.
Uganda's defensive problems began to show right at the start of the tournament.
The hosts conceded a goal in each group stage game they played, the climax being a 3-3 draw with Eritrea.
Coach Morley Byekwaso while speaking ahead of the quarterfinal with Tanzania, said he was not bothered about his team conceding goals but the outcome of the match suggests that maybe there was cause for concern.
Byekwaso also chose to field Proline FC striker Ivan Bogere in the starting lineup despite playing on Saturday in the CAF Confederation Cup against AS Kigali. Bogere looked jaded for much of the quarterfinal.
In other quarterfinals, 1999 champions Kenya came from behind to eliminate Burundi 2-1, after striker Benson Oluoch Ochieng netted the winner in the 92nd minute.
Eritrea strolled into the semifinals after humbling Zanzibar 5-0 while the Sudan derby ended 1-0 in Sudan’s favour.