Uganda Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso believes that wasted scoring opportunities costed his side against an exeprinced Ghanaian team in the U20 AFCON tournament final.
The Hippos lost 2-0 to Ghana who lifted their fourth Africa Cup of Nations title on Saturday in Nouakchott, Mauritania, adding to their 1993, 1999 and 2009 triumphs. Daniel Afriyie Banieh was the hero, scoring twice for the Black Satellites.
Morley Byekwaso, who was named the Coach of the tournament expressed mixed reactions about the result.
“Our boys didn’t really utilize the chances because our strategy was to play very fast in the opening minutes so that if we get a chance, we utilize it, but we got them and missed. But we played a very experienced team like Ghana, who after scoring, they dominated us because of their experience and made us look for the ball, we lost concentration and at the end of the day they won the tournament,” Byekwaso said after the match.
He added, I’m so happy that in my first year as a coach for the national team, I managed to win the CECAGA regional tournament and reached the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. I need to be positive and down to earth since I have learnt a lot from this championship.”
Uganda Hippos, despite losing the final won the fair play award while the defensive duo of defender Gavin Kizito Mugweri (captain) and left back Aziz Kayondo made the tournament’s best eleven.
Also, Hippos forward Derrick Kakooza scored five goals in the 2021 AFCON tournament to top the scorer’s chart and bag the accolade.
Winners – Ghana
Runners Up – Uganda
Third Place – Gambia
Most Valuable Player– Abdul Fatuwa Issahaku (Ghana)
Top scorer – Derrick Kakooza (Uganda)- 5goals
Best Goalkeeper– Danlad Ibrahim (Ghana)
Best Coach– Morley Byekwaso (Uganda)
Fair Play Award – Uganda Hippos
The tournaments best eleven:
Goalkeeper: Danlad Ibrahim
Defenders: Flory Tangaao, Blondon Meyapya, Jawara Lamin, Aziz Kayondo
Midfielders: Chicheb Labidi, El Mehdi El Moubarik, Lamarama Jallow
Forwards: Abdul Fatawulo, Derrick Kakooza and Joffrey Bazie