Saturday’s final of the 2021 U20 AFCON final in Nouakchott is already promising exciting and passion as the Black Satellites of Ghana take on the Hippos of Uganda.
Both teams have shown grit and wits on their separate routes to the final and the climax of the exposition would be on a stage where units and individuals will seek for gold.
Ghana’s progress came via a route mostly undesired by fans back home who felt unpleased with the team’s qualification through a ticket earned as one of the best two third placed teams.
Uganda themselves played second fiddle to giants Cameroon in Group A after finishing second to the Young Indomitable Lions who dominated all the 9 points available.
Beating Burkina Faso in the quarter-finals was a difficult task but Morley Byekwaso’s boy cracked the whip and eliminated the West African Stallions.
Ghana triumphed over perennial foes Cameroon in the 1/8 stage through shootouts before excelling against the Young Scorpions of Gambia who have already finished third in the tournament.
Uganda are already the highest scoring team in the tournament with a game more to go. So who are the players Ghana must be wary of if they are to win the tournament for the 4th time.
The No. 10 is not a player to mess about with in the middle. He gnawed his teeth by unleashing a flash of a ferocious drive in the Hippos’ 4-1 win over Tunisia. The 17-year-old creative midfielder is the man who pulls the strings for the Byekwaso’s side. He is able to destroy even the tightest of midfields and has great passing ability. He is the young Stephen Appiah of the Uganda team.
A 3D left-back who knows what he is about on the field. The Vipers Sporting Club defender is a serious weapon for the Uganda with his athletism and energy is difficult for opposition players to deal with it. In as much as he offers defensive solidity at the back his talent also allows him to offer attacking bite that can cause serious problems for teams.
Striker Derrick Kakooza has 5 goals to his credit in the competition including a hat-trick in the semi-final but if the Police FC striker is going to win the top scorer award of the competition he has Basangwa to thank for most of the work done. He has got the strength to take on opposition defenders in 1v1 situation and he’s got the fire in his legs to shoot at goal.
The Police FC forward has notched 5 goals in the tournament and is currently leading the race for the top scorer award. His hat-trick against Tunisia in the semi-finals became the first hat-trick of the tournament. Born to a footballing father whose dreams were truncated by a career-ending injury Kakooza has got the knack for goals and his appetite for scoring could cause serious problems for the Ghana defence.