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The Somali Under-20 team arrived in Kampala


The Somali Under-20 team, led by three players who are army lieutenants, jetted into Entebbe Airport at 3.30 pm on a Blue Bell Air chartered plane from Mogadishu.

The team, who play Uganda over one leg in the Africa youth championship qualifiers on Saturday, were however delayed over visa clearance in Entebbe for over two hours.

FIFA protocol chief Boniface Oryema battled with Immigration officers before clearing sh1m in visas fees for a contingent of 23 people that includes the only female member on the team, physician Mako Hussein.

Somali coach Mohammed Sakaria said: "We promise Ugandans the best soccer ever seen from Somalia. I prefer a 4-2-4 in attack.

The journey was fine, we are ready." The Somalis are booked at Tourist Hotel.

The Ugandan Hippos meanwhile, are in buoyant mood and have promised victory.

The match is set for Nakivubo stadium with Busiro East MP Dr Timothy Mutesasira chief guest. Charges are sh3,000; sh5,000 and sh10,000.

"We are ready for Somalia and I know we are beating them," said skipper Jimmy Kidega.

Hippos striker Hussein Mbalangu said: "Ugandans have not celebrated victory at Nakivubo for long and we promise to win."


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