The Uganda Hippos have qualified for the CECAFA U-20 challange Cup quarter finals after defeating Djibouti at Pece War memorial Stadium in Gulu.
Four points have guaranteed Uganda and log leaders Sudan will play in the quater finals before they face off in the last group game in a battle for supremacy.
KCCA FC forward Stephen Serwadda, Ivan Bogere, Isma Mugulusi and Justin Opiro scored for Uganda Hippos in the 5-1 thrashing of under dogs Djibouti.
Serwadda opened his CECAFA U-20 goal account with a brace scoring in the 26th and 52nd minute.
Before Serwadda broke the deadlock, Ivan Bogere and Najib Yiga had put the ball behind the back of Djibiouti’s net but were both flagged offside.
Bogere scored the second for Uganda and his second in the tournament before the half time mark.
Hippos’ other first half clear cut chances, fell to Najib Yiga and Bogere but were both denied by goal keeper Yahya Houssein.
Early in the second half, Djibouti got a golden chance to narrow the deficit when Ethiopian referee Lemma Neguisse pointed to the penalty mark but captain Moguey Idriss Omar missed it.
Substitute Isma Mugulusi extended Uganda’s lead in the 79th minute and right back Justin Opiro put the icing on the cake with eight minutes to play of normal time.
After saving Moguey’s penalty, goal keeper Otim’s howler gifted Kalid Osman and Djibouti their first goal of the tournament in the 53rd minute.
Isma Mugulusi was introduced at the expense of Ivan Ashaba in the 56th minute, Bright Anukani came on for Najib Yiga and Sadat Anaku replaced club mate Stephen Serwadda in the 73rd minute.
Uganda play Sudan in the last group match on Wednesday and Eritrea take on Djibouti. Eritrea just need a point to qualify as third and pointless Djibouti needs maximum points.
With two games played, Sudan and Uganda are tied on 4 points with the same goal difference(4) but Sudan lead with more goals scored(7) and Uganda has managed six so far.
Midfielder Hassan Senyonjo, substitutes Sadat Anaku and Bright Anukani could as well register their names on the score sheet but missed on Uganda’s second half chances.
Uganda U-20 XI
Denis Otim (1), Justine Opiro (17), Kayondo Aziz Abdul(3), Derrick Kigundu (13), Gavin Kizito (5), Kenneth Semakula (4), Hassan Senyonjo (12), Najib Yiga (7), Ivan Asaba (11), Ivan Bogere (9) & Steven Sserwadda (8)
Subs: Jack Komakech (18), Patrick Mubiru (19), Kevin Ssekimbegge (2), Robert Kitabalwa (16), Isma Mugulusi (15), Sadat Anaku Happy (10) , Joseph Kafumbe (14)Sadam Masereka (20), Bright Anukani
Djibouti U-20 XI
Yahya Houssein (G), Souhaib Hassan, Adek Muhammad, Aden Bouh, Charmake Kalil, Kalid Osman, Magueh Idriss, Yahye Kaled, Khalid Miad, Youssuf Muhammed, Nabil Nasraid
Ahmed Mohamound, Omar Muhammed, Souheb Hassan Ibrahim, Ibrahim Ali, Kassim Abdourahman, Tekbir Ahmed, Sabri Ali, Ahmed Fathi
Referee:Lemma Nigussie -Ethiopia
1st Assistant Referee: Olivier Odhiambo -Kenya
2nd Assistant Referee: Yetayew Belachew -Ethiopia
4th official: Israel Mpaima
Match Coordinator: Issam Shaban
Referee Assessor: Ghirmai Yohannes
Media officer: Ahmed Marsha Hussein