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The Hippos won the Cecafa U20 championship and will play in the Afcon U20 competition
Sally Bolo has challenged the responsible authorities to improve their structures if they want to emulate Uganda when it comes to youth football.
Uganda has been dominating the region in youth soccer; After playing in the U-17 African Cup of Nations, the team won the U-20 championship of the Council of Central and East Africa Football Associations (Cecafa).
On Wednesday, the Hippos were crowned after beating host Tanzania 4-1 in the final.
“One remarkable thing in [Uganda] The team is that they had five players in the current squad that were part of the U17 team that played in the Afcon U17 2019 in Tanzania, namely Gavin Kizito, Jack Komakech, Isma Mugulusi, Ivan Asaba and Najib Yiga. Congratulations to them ” Bolo said Thursday.
“This just means there is consistency in team selection and progression as required by Caf Club Licensing.
“Uganda has soccer structures, we have witnessed them have 15, 17 and 20 minor leagues. We can draw some lessons from them.”
The former treasurer of Gor Mahia also praised South Sudan for its contribution to the game. They finished third in the competition after defeating the Rising Stars of Kenya 2-1.
“The wilderness of South Sudan is also doing well and that can be seen in the results on the field,” Bolo continued.
“Patience is also very important when building something. Let’s not do things in a hurry and we will also begin to enjoy our fruits just as our neighbors are doing.
“There is no magic, we just need to do the basics correctly by developing football from the grassroots.”
Kenya fell in the playoffs for third place to South Sudan in Arusha to record a second loss in the annual competition after falling 3-1 to Uganda in the semifinals.
South Sudan took the lead in the second minute thanks to a goal from Phillip Biajo, but Stanley Okumbi’s team struggled and leveled in the 10th minute when Nicholas Ochieng found the back of the net.
Nelson Elia scored five minutes before the halftime break to give South Sudan the lead once again and the Rising Stars’ concerted efforts in the second half could not help them level things out.