AFCON U20 qualifiers: Uganda’s Hippos travel to Rwanda

By Shafik Ssenoga

The Africa U-20 Cup of Nations is the main international youth football competition for CAF (African) nations.

Africa U-20 Cup of Nations  on Saturday  

First round

First leg: Rwanda v Uganda  

Return leg: Uganda v Rwanda (April 23)

The Uganda Hippos (Under-20 national football side) will embark on a tough journey when they travel to Kigali to face Rwanda in the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifiers.

A squad of over 20 players have been undergoing a non-residential training for more than a week.  

This will be the second time Uganda is being to play Rwanda in an underage championship on the African continent. The two countries clashed in the Africa U-23 championship qualifiers which Uganda won 4-1on aggregate over two legs before falling to Egypt in the final round of qualification.

Zambia will host the AFCON U-20 finals in 2017.

Three rounds will be played before any team makes it to the finals. The winner of Uganda v Rwanda (over two legs) will play Egypt in the second round.

The Africa U-20 Cup of Nations (previously known as the African Youth Championship or the African U-20 Championship) is the main international youth football competition for CAF (African) nations, and is competed for by under 20-year-olds.

Players born on 1 January 1997 or later are eligible to participate in the February 26-March 12 competition next year.

The qualifiers will be played between April 1 and July 24 this year. At the end of the qualification phase, seven teams will join hosts Zambia.

The first four teams after the finals in Zambia will qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in South Korea.