Uganda Hippos return from Ethiopia, gear up for All Africa games

Kampala, (UG):- The Uganda Hippos contingent has returned safely from their football expedition in Ethiopia, marking their determination and resilience on the pitch as they gear up for the upcoming All-Africa Games.

The team wasted no time and headed straight to camp at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru to continue their preparations.

The matches in Ethiopia served as a vital stepping stone for the Hippos in their journey towards the All Africa Games, scheduled to be held from 7th to 22nd March in Accra, Ghana. Despite facing challenges, the team remained focused on their goal.

The first encounter saw the Hippos face the Senior Team of Ethiopia in the Dire Cup, a match that carried both trophy and medals.

Despite a commendable effort, the Ugandan side suffered a 0-1 defeat but gained invaluable experience and insights for the upcoming challenges.

Originally planned as a four-nation face-off, the Dire Cup was impacted by unforeseen circumstances, resulting in adjustments to the schedule. Consequently, the Hippos played a single game, showcasing their adaptability in the face of changes.

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In their second game against Ethiopia Premier League club CBE FC, the Hippos secured a well-deserved 2-1 victory, demonstrating their offensive capabilities and resilience. Goals from Bruno Bunyaga and Hakim Mutebi in the second half highlighted the team’s determination.

Coach Morley Byekwaso commented on the challenges faced saying; “Both opponents have a similarity in tactics though CBE was harder to maneuver considering the fact that players train together for longer periods than it is for national teams where players are summoned from different clubs with different playing styles.”

Beyond victories and defeats, the Hippos’ journey in Ethiopia was part of comprehensive preparations for the All Africa Games in Accra, Ghana.

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With their eyes firmly set on the continental tournament, the team will return to Uganda for further preparations before heading to Ghana.

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