CECAFA U-17: South Sudan drawn against rivals Uganda

CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye addresses the media at Azam Sports Complex on July 3, 2018 in Tanzania. Photo courtesy of the Nation Media Group

By David Mono Danga

South Sudan has been drawn with arch rivals Uganda in the Group “B” of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) U-17 tournament due to kick off in Der es Salaam, Tanzania next month.

The junior Bright Stars of South Sudan will kick off their campaign against Kenya. The match will be played at the Azam Sports Complex and National Stadium on August 14, 2018.

South Sudan’s Under-17 team has been assembled in Group “B” alongside arch-rivals Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Group “A” has hosts Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan.

The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) zonal shall act as the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations qualifiers. The overall winner of the two-week competition joins seven other teams at the tournament to be hosted by Tanzania next year.

To enable fair representation in African Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said in July last year that the qualifying competition will be split into regions.

Apart from the hosts, each of the six zones receives one spot in the final tourney and the zone of the defending champions gets an additional spot. Mali from the West-A Zone is the defending champions.

The Central-East region consists of 11 CAF members namely South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Eritrea and Djibouti.

“We are ready for the qualifiers and call upon teams from this region to prepare well so that we can have competitive qualifiers,” said CECAFA Secretary Nicholas Musonye during a press conference on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam.

Key important Dates and Activities to note: The CAF U-17 Regional Qualifiers (CECAFA) in Tanzania 11th-26th August 2018. South Sudan’s opening match is against Kenya on 14th August 2018.

There will also be an MRI tests for players from 10th-15th July 2018. Non Residential training starts on Monday 16th July, 2018. The players are expected to undergo the mandatory MRI tests before they are considered for the tournament.

The tests will be conducted to ascertain the true age of players because it is one of the many requirements before the final squad is submitted to CAF.

AFCON U-17 Finals Tanzania 12th -26th May 2019. The Top 4 Qualify for FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru 2019.

What is MRI? 

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