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Uganda U17 players celebrating after winning the CAF U17 regional qualifiers in Dar es Salaam Tanzania on Sunday

Uganda Cubs (U17)

The Uganda Cubs is the National football U17 youth team for boys. It’s currently coached by Hamza Lutalo and Brian Ssenyondo as the assistant.

The magnificent youth football management under the current FUFA administration through the creation of FUFA Juniors League saw the progress of the Cubs to the highest ranks in the region and successfully playing at the 2019 CAF U17 AFCON for the very first time in history.

2020 CECAFA U17 Boys Challenge Cup

Uganda Cubs successfully defended the CECAFA U17 Challenge Cup after defeating Tanzania 3-1 in the final. The tournament was held in Rwanda.

Ivan Irinimbabazi, Travis Mutyaba and Ibrahim Juma scored a goal each in the final played at Rubavu Stadium.

  • MVP: Travis Mutyaba
  • Top Scorer: Oscar Mawa (6goals)
  • Best Goalkeeper: Henry Mwebe
Midfielder Travis Mutyaba dribbles past Eritrean players.

2020 CECAFA U17 Squad

Goalkeepers: Mwebe Henry (Express Fc Junior Team), Magada Abdu (Busoga United Junior Team), Oyirwoth Humphrey (Express FC Junior Team)

Defenders – Mulema Vincent (Kyetume Fc Junior Team), Ibrahim Juma (KCCA SA), Luyima Enock (Volf SA). Mukisa Simon (KCCA SA), Gava Peter (Express FC Junior Team), Madoi Ronald (Wakiso Giants Junior Team)

Midfielders: Irinimbabazi Ivan (Bright Stars FC, Junior Team), Kaliisa Shugai (Express FC JT), Mutyaba Travis (Vipers SC Junior Team), Mwanje Elvis Eddy (KCCA SA), Mudiba Samir (Express Fc Junior Team)

Forwards: Magogo Shafiq (KCCA SA), Mubiru Hassan, (Express FC Junior Team), Mawa Oscar (KCCA SA), Bugembe Issa (Bright Stars Junior Team), Jumbe Fahad (SC Vipers Junior Team), Basil Tenywa Tuma (Eton College, United Kingdom)

2019 AFCON U17 Tournament in Tanzania

Under Ghanaian tactician Paa Samuel Kwesi Fabin, the Cubs were placed in group A alongside hosts Tanzania, Angola, and Nigeria.

On 14th April 2019, the Cubs played their first group game against Angola at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam and lost 1-0.

Three days later, Cubs managed to bounce back with a 3-0 victory over hosts Tanzania thanks to Andrew Kawooya, Yiga Najib, and Man of the match Ivan Asaba strikes.

In their last group game against Nigeria, the Cubs started on a high noted and took the lead John Kokas Alou but the Nigerians levelled the game only to end 1-1.

The Cubs finished third with 4 points thus halting their U17 FIFA World Cup dreams in Brazil as Angola and Nigeria progressed from the group.

  • Uganda Cubs team in the 2019 U17 AFCON.


  • Oyo Delton (Kirinya Jinja SS FC)
  • Jack Komakech (Ndejje University FC)
  • Mubiru Patrick (Bright Stars FC)

Outfield players:

  • Kevin Ssekimbegga (Express FC)
  • Ibrahim Juma (KCCA FC)
  • Kasozi Samson (Bright Stars FC)
  • Kizito Mugweri Gavin (Vipers SC)
  • Opira Innocent (Ndejje University)
  • Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC)
  • Kakaire Thomas (Bright Stars FC)
  • Iddi Abdul Wahid (Cagliari FC – Italy)
  • Mwaka Polycarp (Ndejje University FC)
  • Opaala Edrine Mukisa (Kirinya Jinja SS FC)
  • John Kokas Alou (URA FC)
  • Jarieko James (Paidha Black Angels FC)
  • Asaba Ivan (Vipers SC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC)
  • Mugulusi Isma (Kirinya Jinja SS FC)
  • Mugisha Rogers (Mbarara City FC)
  • Opiro Justine(KCCA SA)
  • Kawooya Andrew (Vipers SC)

Team officials:

  • Ariga Rasoul (Leader of Delegation)
  • Paa Samuel Kwesi Fabin  (Head Coach)
  • Magera Jackson (1st Assistant coach)
  • Hamuza Lutalo (2nd Assistant coach)
  • Mubarak Kiberu (Goalkeeper coach)
  • Osei-Owusu Derrick (Physical fitness coach)
  • Emmanuel Nakabago (Team Doctor)
  • Bashir Mutyaba (Team Coordinator)
  • Omaria Bosco (Team Media Officer)
  • Bumpenje Frank (Kit Manager)
  •  2019 AFCON U17 Qualifiers (CECAFA Region)

AFCON U-17 qualifiers (CECAFA zone qualifiers) in Tanzania the Cubs were placed in group B with Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti.

Cubs lost their first encounter 1-0 against Ethiopia and bounced back with a 5-1 win over South Sudan, defeated Kenya 3-0 and then crushed Djibouti 8-0 to progress to the semi-finals.

In the semis, they ejected hosts Tanzania 3-1 to book a date with Ethiopia in the finals were they managed to win 3-1 thanks to a brace by Iddi Abdul Wahid and Sam Kasozi strikes to emerge the Inaugural U17 CECAFA region champions which also booked them their first-ever ticket at the 2019 U17 AFCON.

The Cubs XI against Djibout
The Cubs XI against Djibouti in CAF U17 AFCON Qualifier

The Cubs squad in AFCON Qualifiers 


  • Semwogerere Daniel (UPDF JT FC)
  • Oluka George (Buddo SS)
  • Oyo Delton (KJSSS FC JT)


  • Ssekimbegga Kevin (Buddo SS)
  • Kafumbe Joseph (Buddo SS)
  • Kasozi Samson (Bright Stars FC JT)
  • Kizito Mugweri Gavin (SC Villa)-Captain
  • John Rogers (Onduparaka FC JT)
  • Juma Ibrahim (KCCA SA)
  • Ekolot Ibrahim (Bright Stars FC JT)


  • Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC JT)
  • Owane Yasin Abdul (Rock High School)
  • Mwaka Polycap (Football For Good Academy Gulu)
  • Kakaire Thomas (SC Vipers JT)
  • Alou John Kokas (URA FC JT)
  • Ngonde Elvis (KJSSS FC JT)


  • Iddi Abdul Wahid (Onduparaka FC JT)
  • Asaba Ivan (SC Vipers JT)
  • Yiga Najib (Kisozi Seed High School)
  • Mukisa Owen (BUL FC JT)

Team Officials:

  • Peter Onen – Head Coach
  • Hamza Luatalo – Assistant Coach
  • Kiberu Mubarak – Goalkeeping Coach
  • Mutyaba Bashir – Team Manager
  • Mumpenje Frank – Kit Manager
  • Nakabago Emmanuel – Team Doctor
  • Omario Bosco – Media officer
  • 2018 CECAFA U17 Championship

In 2018, a young and entirely new looking Cubs under coach Peter Onen played the U17 CECAFA championship in Burundi in April as defending champions having won the last held in 2009.

Placed in group B, the Cubs opened their campaign with Tanzania and drew 1-1 before defeating Sudan 3-0 in their second game.

In the Semifinals, the Cubs shockingly fell 1-0 to Somalia.

The Cubs defeated Kenya 4-1 to finish third thanks to a double each from Roger Mugisha and Ibrahim Juma.

Uganda U-17 that played in 2018 CECAFA U17 Championship in Burundi
  • 2015 U17 AFCON Qualifier

In 2014 under coach Mathias Lule and competed in the 2015 Niger U17 championship where they comfortably eliminated Seychelles and Rwanda before missing out at the last hurdle at the expense of Zambia to end the journey of a very promising and talented team.