SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) has confirmed that the draw for the upcoming U23 Challenge Cup will be conducted today (Tuesday) afternoon.
The CECAFA Executive Director Auka Gecheo confirmed the development.
“We will go ahead and have the draw on July 13th at 13000hrs local time,” Gecheo said via CECAFA Online.
” CECAFA will decide on the date the tournament will climax depending on the number of teams finally drawn today.”
The tournament was initially meant to start on July 3rd but the CECAFA members requested that kick-off be moved to July 17th.
Nine teams have so far confirmed participation and these are; Uganda, Eritrea, Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and guest side DR Congo.
It’s official that Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda will not take part, while the Zanzibar Football Federation (ZFF) had not communicated their final position by July 12th.
All member Associations expected to send teams to the tournament must pay US$20,000.
Ethiopia will host the tournament in the town of Bahir Dar starting on July 17th.
The teams will field U-23 players in accordance with the tournament rules but will also have three over aged players in the squad.