Nigeria Vs Uganda: “Tomorrow is the day we will write history in Ugandan football.”
Says the Hippos are ready and raring to qualify for FIFA U20 World Cup at Flying Eagles expense
“Tomorrow is the day we will write history in Ugandan football.”
Those were the words of Uganda U20 captain captain Isma Mugulusi as he leads his team out Thursday against the Flying Eagles of Nigeria in a winner-takes-all semifinal game at the ongoing African U20 Nations Cup.
The winner of the tie will automatically qualify for May’s FIFA U20 World Cup in Indonesia. The Ugandans topped Group B to set up a date with the Nigerians who came second behind Senegal in their group at the Suez Canal Stadium in Ismailia.
“We are ready, everyone is in shape, we’re mentally good. We’ve tried to put what the coach wants in practice. I think we can overcome Nigeria in the quarter-finals,” said Mugulusi who was one of three players who were part of the Hippos team that stormed to the final of the 2021 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Mauritania.
“We are told and we have been assisted by the coaches and other players who visited our camp like former Cranes goalkeeper and captain Dennis Onyango and former Hippos captain Gavin Kizito to eat the grass so I think tomorrow we will eat the grass.
“In this team everyone is a captain. It’s not only me so it’s not something big though I am the one who wears the armband but everyone is a leader in our team.”
“Nigeria has been good but now we’re also good and we can compete,” Isma told journalists.
“If we manage to qualify for the quarter-finals that means we can also qualify to the semi-finals and go to the World Cup.