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South Sudan lack funds to participate in CECAFA 2018

 

South Sudan’s winger Peter Dusman dribbles against Uganda Cranes at Juba Stadium in July 2017 (photo by David Mono Danga)

 

By David Mono Danga

South Sudan will not participate in this year’s U-17  Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA)  Championship for lack of funds.

The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) Spokesman Alul Daniel said South Sudan could not send the junior Bright Stars to Burundi due to financial constraints.

“The association has limited resources to facilitate the national team for the CECAFA U-17 Championship this year. We are trying to lobby for funds in order to avoid such coyness next time.”

“I am sure next year we will participate in the CECAFA U-17 because by then we will be well prepared,” Alul assured  The Juba Monitor.

This is not the first time  the team is  being faced with financial problems. Last year The Bright Stars players , their officails and the whole technical team were stranded in Burundi due to lack of transport  until well-wishers contributed  money to transport the team back  home.

 

The matches, which kicked off in  Burundi  on Saturday, have seen Rwanda, Eritrea and Djibouti  also not participating due to varied reasons according to CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye.

Musonye   confirmed that a total of eight member associations including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Zanzibar are to take part in the tournament which already saw  the host lose to Kenya in a 4 -0  win.

The CECAFA U-17 Championship is the third edition of this regional tournament and the second time  its being held in Burundi, after the inaugural one which they won in 2007. The other edition was played in Sudan in 2009 with Uganda emerging champions.

Musonye commended CAF and FIFA for the support towards making the regional cadet championship a reality after an eight-year hiatus.

“It wouldn’t have been possible again without FIFAs’ and CAFs’ support and I commend them for the dedicated services towards development programs”, Musonye said.

 

“We now have an assurance to hold this tournament annually with such assistance to be extended to us from our mother bodies”.

Group A comprises host Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia  and will be based in Ngozi about 120-kilometres north of the capital, Bujumbura. However, the opening matches took place at the Omuco stadium in Muyinga Province. They will later return to the Urukundo Stadium for the remaining games.

Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Sudan constitute Group B and will be based in Muyinga.

The semifinal matches are slated to be played in Gitega Province, Central of Burundi, with the final in Ngozi on Sunday 29 April 2018.

 

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