Three Bright Stars youthful players Kasozi, Sekajja and Ekellot make history as Uganda qualifies for AFCON U17 Finals

Kasozi Samson (R) receiving a medal from FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo during the awarding ceremony of CAF U17 regional qualifier climax in Tanzania

CAF U17 Qualifiers in Tanzania

Sekajja Davis (5 goals)

Kasozi Samson (1 goal)

Bright Stars JT players Kasozi Samson (4) Sekajja Davis (4) and Ekellot Ibrahim (16) celebrating after wining  CAF U17 Qualifier trophy in Tanzania 
Bright Stars JT players Kasozi Samson (4) Sekajja Davis (4) and Ekellot Ibrahim (16) celebrating after wining  CAF U17 Qualifier trophy in Tanzania

Bright Stars Junior team players Kasozi Samson, Sekajja Davis and Ekellot Ibrahim penned down their names in the history books as Uganda U17 team defeated Ethiopia 3-1 in the CAF U17 qualifier final in Tanzania on Sunday.

Defender Kasozi Samson (4) celebrating his goal against Ethiopia in the CAF U17 qualifier final
Defender Kasozi Samson (4) celebrating his goal against Ethiopia in the CAF U17 qualifier final

Defender Kasozi opened the scores for Uganda U17 team in the 15th minute after flying high to head home from a corner.

The victory confirmed Uganda’s first ever qualification in the CAF U17 AFCON to be played next year in Tanzania.

His counterparts Ekellot  and Sekajja  were vibrant in the midfield having started played full 90 minutes of each of the six matches during the tournament.

Sekajja Davis in action during the match against Kenya in the CAF U17 qualifier final
Sekajja Davis (white) in action during the match against Kenya in the CAF U17 qualifier final

Sekajja Davis emerged the team’s top scorer with 5 goals while Ekellot’s immense work rate in the central midfielder was a turning point in dictating the tempo of the game in the center of the park. He was vital in protecting the back four.

Bright Stars FC JT players Sekajja Davis (6) Ekellot Ibrahim (16) and Kasozi Samson (4) lining up for a team photo during CAF U17 qualifier match.
Bright Stars FC JT players Sekajja Davis (6), Ekellot Ibrahim (16) and Kasozi Samson (4) lining up for a team photo during CAF U17 qualifier match in Tanzania.

The Performance;

They were all used in the group games against Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti plus the semi (against Tanzania) and the final when they played Ethiopia.

Sekajja scored four goals in the match against South Sudan. The match ended 6-1 in favor of Uganda. He again scored one goal in the last group B match against Djibouti.

Bright Stars FC JT players Sekajja Davis (6) Ekellot Ibrahim (16) and Kasozi Samson (4) lining up for a team photo during CAF U17 qualifier match.
Bright Stars FC JT players Sekajja Davis (6) Ekellot Ibrahim (16) and Kasozi Samson (4) lining up for a team photo during CAF U17 qualifier match in Tanzania.

Uganda Cubs Head coach Peter Onen used Sekajja as a utility player. He was allocated in the central midfield in the opening match against Ethiopia, Kenya and in the final. Sekajja was also positioned in the right wing during the semifinal clash against Tanzania and upfront as a striker in the games against South Sudan and Djibouti.

Ekellot and Kasozi were part of the Uganda U17 team that played in CECAFA U17 Championship in Burundi early this year.

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Bright Stars FC JT midfielder Sekajja Davis (red) aiming to score in the CAF U17 qualifier semifinal match between Uganda and Tanzania.

Obviously the three players stand a chance to again represent the country in the coming CAF U17 AFCON Finals next year since they are already in the setup.

These young lads are students of Royal Giant High School Mityana and regular starters in the Bright Stars FC Junior Team that plays in the FUFA U18 Juniors League.

MAIN PHOTOKasozi Samson (R) receiving a medal from FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo during the awarding ceremony of CAF U17 regional qualifier climax in Tanzania