Sudan will kick off the 2019 CECEFA U-20 Challenge Cup with a crunch tie against horn of Africa nation Djibouti, in their group A encounter on Saturday at the Pecce War Memorial Stadium in Gulu.
Both sides will be targeting maximum points in their opening game of the competition in order to escalate their chances making it to the knockout stage of the competition.
Neither side has ever won this tournament previously, nor making it past the group stages, with Sudan drawing all their group stage games in 2010 while Djibouti did not compete in the 2010 edition.
“We hope to show good football because we have bigger ambitions. We shall speak on the field than do the talking off it. We shall take one game at a time,” Sudan U-20 head coach Muhammed Musa said in the pre-match press conference on Friday.
For Sudan U-20 captain Muhammad Osama Ali, their main target is to play good football in order to out compete their opponents.
“It is yet another big opportunity for another CECAFA Competition. We shall show good football for the national team. We hope that the two teams play good football,” he noted.
On the other hand, Djibouti U-20 Head coach Jonas Komla insisted that they have had enough time to prepare for the tournament which gives them an upper hand over Sudan.
“We have been here for one week, and this has helped us acclimatize well to the conditions in Uganda,” Komla noted.
“We have had good preparations especially on the natural grass fields, because back home, we don’t have many grass fields than here in Uganda”. He continued.
In the same manner, Moge Idriss Omar the Djibouti U-20 captain said that they will give all their best to ensure that Djibouti good results starting from Saturday.
“This is our moment to play and shine. We shall give 100 percent in this tournament, starting with the game against Sudan,” he said.