Uganda coach confident ahead of COSAFA U20 Championships

Uganda coach Matia Lule says he expects a “good showing” from his side at the 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships to be staged in Zambia from Dec. 6-16.

The East African nation have been invited as guests to the Southern African championship and will bring their own style to what has been a hugely competitive tournament in the recent past.

‘The Hippos’ have been drawn in Group A at the competition alongside holders, hosts and African champions Zambia, Swaziland and Malawi, and start their campaign against the Young Chipolopolo on the opening day.

Lule knows it will be a difficult task to advance to the semifinals with only the top side in each pool and the best placed runners-up gaining a knockout berth.

“We shall get the chance to play some of the countries that have good youth structures,” Lule told New Vision. “The COSAFA tournament will give the boys an opportunity to showcase their talent and skills.

“We have good players in this age category and we expect a good show during the tournament.”

Lule’s technical team has also been confirmed with James Odoch to act as assistant coach, while Samuel Kawalya will be the goalkeeper coach.

Lule was previously in charge of the national Under-17 side and took them to the brink of qualification for the 2015 CAF Under-17 Championships.

Many of those players have now graduated to the Under-20 side and so eh will be familiar with many of the players in the squad.

Ironically, it was Zambia who thwarted his aims of making the Under-17 continental finals, setting up the perfect opportunity for revenge for Lule.