As Uganda retains Cecafa U-20 title
RWANDA’S U-17 national team finished fourth in the just concluded Cecafa U-20 youth championships after a 0-1 loss to Kenya in Saturday’s third-place playoff in Asmara.
The Junior Wasps, who were using the tournament to strengthen their side ahead of next year’s Africa U-17 tournament had a successful tournament considering that they were three years younger than their opponents.
For head coach Richard Tardy, the tournament was a good eye opener for the youngsters.
“In Ghana, we lost 1-5 to the Ghana Under-17 side and 2-5 against the Junior Liberty side partly because most of the boys were new to the whole idea of international football,” the French tactician said.
“But this tournament has given them some vital experience and confidence,” he added.
Uganda’s Hippos retained the regional title after a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory over hosts Eritrea following a 1-all draw in normal time.
Uganda marched into the final as overwhelming favorites and lived up to that billing.