Uganda has once again proved its soccer superiority in the East & Central African region.
The landlocked country defeated arch rivals Kenya 2-1 last weekend to retain the regional title. It was Uganda’s 13th title, which is eight more than the Kenyans, who are their closest challengers.
Coach Bobby Williamson praised his unbeaten side which conceded just one goal in the tournament.
“These boys are a great group and this was a real test, especially after the Kenyans equalized,” he said. “They reacted quickly and got the winner.”
Kenyan coach, James Nandwa, was happy with the result.
“This is a great achievement because no one gave us a chance from the start,” said Nandwa.
In the playoff for third place, Zanzibar upset Tanzania 6-5 on penalty kicks after the two teams were deadlocked 1-1 at the end of extra time.
Nigeria and Ghana are in the same group in the 2013 Under-17 championship to be played in Morocco from April 13 to 27. The other group “B” teams are Congo and the Ivory Coast. Group “A” comprises Morocco, Gabon, Botswana and Tunisia.
The top four teams will represent Africa at the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates next October.
Meanwhile, defending champions Nigeria is in Group “B” with Mali, first-time qualifier the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon in the regional Under-20 championship to be staged in Algeria in March.
The Group “A” contestants are Algeria, Benin, Ghana and Egypt.