Eritrea host Burundi in CECAFA U-15 competition opener

16Aug 2019
Somoe Ng'itu
ASMARA, Eritrea
The Guardian
Eritrea host Burundi in CECAFA U-15 competition opener

ERITREA’s U-15 boys’ soccer team will be out to start the inaugural East and Central Africa U-15 Boys tournament in grand fashion when they host Burundi in the competition’s opening day at Asmara Stadium today.

National U-15 soccer team’s players participate in a training session in Dar es Salaam recently to prepare for the East and Central Africa U-15 tournament, which is set to start in Eritrea today. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TFF

The competition has been organized by Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) in an effort to promote the sport in the region.

The tournament’s opener will see Kenya lock horns with Somalia in an early kick off.

Nicholas Musonye, CECAFA secretary general, noted preparations for the tournament are in place, with 10 teams set to battle it out in the event.

Musonye disclosed the participating sides have been put in Groups A and B. Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Burundi make Group A whereas Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania make Group B.

"Each of the participating squads will have chance to compete in four matches in the group stage. The top two teams will progress to the last four, changes in the competition’s fixture has come about given Djibouti announced to opt out of the competition at the eleventh hour,” he disclosed.

Musonye pointed out the tournament’s final has been scheduled for August 30.

The official praised Eritrea for joining forces with Ethiopia to host the competition, which gears towards giving the region’s junior soccer players opportunity to gauge their skills.

The participating teams also use the competition to shape up for the continental and world competition slated for later this year.

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