Uganda will now wait for the winner between Kenya and Tanzania to determine who they will play in the finals.
The Uganda Under-18 National team has advanced to
the CECAFA U-18 final after beating Rwanda at
Jomo Kenyatta Stadium, Mamboleo Kisumu.
It was Abubakar Mayanja’s lone second-half goal that
helped coach Morley Byekwaso’s team to overcome the resilient opponents who displayed resistance throughout the game.
In the 57th minute, Mayanja capitalized on a rebound from
Abas Kyeyune's shot, previously blocked by the Rwandan goalkeeper. Uganda will now wait for the winner between Kenya and Tanzania to determine who
they will play in the finals.
Uganda had a couple of chances through a front
trio of Mutebi Hakim, Abubaker Mayanja, and start player Travis Mutyaba but were
not able to beat the Rwandan goalkeeper who made a couple of saves until the 57th
Mayanja also had a chance to extend the
lead, but his shot was denied by the woodwork, resulting in a 1-0 scoreline at full-time.
To reach the semi-final, Uganda who opened the tournament
on a hard note after suffering a 1-0 to Tanzania managed to make amends in the
last two group games where they beat both Zanzibar and South Sudan to top the
group with six points while Tanzania came second in the group with four points.
As Uganda awaits the winner between Kenya and Tanzania, they must work hard if they are to stop any of the two
countries that are currently a threat either way.
Byekwaso should prepare his team with a need for diligence to counter the
threat posed by either opponent. Kenya, buoyed by home advantage and a
supportive crowd, boasts a flawless record, having won all their games and
topped Group A with nine points.
However, should Tanzania advance to the final, Uganda must remain vigilant, considering Tanzania's previous group stage victory over them.