The Uganda U-20 team, Hippos, pose for a photograph

The Uganda Hippos have been drawn against South Sudan in U-20 AFCON qualification campaign for a place in the 2nd round of the tournament.

The first leg will be played in Kampala between March 30-April 1, while the return leg is due in South Sudan over the weekend of April 20-22.

The winner between Uganda and South Sudan will play Cameroon in the second round. Second round qualifiers are scheduled for May.

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In other first round fixtures, Mauritania will face Morocco, Guinea Bissau will face Sierra Leone, Algeria will face Tunisia, Liberia will face Benin, Gabon will take on Togo, while Ethiopia has been drawn against Burundi.

Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan, Zambia, Congo, South Africa, Mali, Angola, Egypt, Gambia and Cameroon are the nations that have been given a ‘bye’ into the second round.

The Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations is the main international youth football competition for CAF nations, and is competed for by under 20 year olds.

It is held every two years with the top four teams qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Niger will host the final tournament in 2019. The four semi-finalists qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, whose host will be announced next month.

Zambia are defending champions after winning the 2017 edition held in Lusaka following a 2-0 win against Senegal in the final.

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