Uganda has qualified for the semi final stage at the on-going U-15 Challenge Cup in Asmara, Eritrea.
Coach Jackson Mugera’s boys were leading 5-0 against South Sudan on Friday before the match was called off after 51 minutes when five South Sudan players went down injured and could not continue.
The referee was forced to blow his final whistle as the FIFA rules do not allow to continue if a team cannot raise seven players. South Sudan who had lost their earlier three Group B matches only had three players on the bench as others were out injured.
Abasi Kyeyune netted a hat-trick, while Travis Mutyaba and Devis Ogwal scored the other goals for the Ugandan team. “I am sad because my boys were still determined to score more goals before South Sudan players all got injured,” said coach Mugera after the game.
Earlier Rwanda also booked the semis when they shocked Tanzania 2-1. Skipper Kenedy Hoziyana and Eric Irahamye scored for Rwanda, while Rabbin Sanga Katuli converted a penalty for Tanzania.
Uganda and Rwanda now join Kenya and Burundi at the semi finals stage. Action continues on Saturday with Burundi taking on Sudan, while Somalia face hosts Eritrea.The regional tournament that has attracted 10 U-15 national teams is financed by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).