SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Rwanda national U-23 team has pulled out of the forthcoming CECAFA U23 tournament that is scheduled to start on 17th July in Ethiopian City of Bahir Dar.
In a statement released by FERWAFA, Federation of Rwanda Football Association, the U-23 team will not be participating in the regional tournament because of the recrudescence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association would like to inform the general public and members of the media that due to the recrudescence of the Covid-19 pandemic in the region and Rwanda particularly, which raises assumptions of the presence of the highly infectious COVID-19 Delta Variant;
” Reference is also made to the new Covid-19 preventive measures drawn by the Government of Rwanda imposing partial lockdown on most activities including contact and team sports as well as movement restrictions between districts, provinces and the City of Kigali;
” Rwanda U23 National Football Team will not participate in the CECAFA U23 tournament due to be held in Bahir-Dar, Ethiopia from July 17th 2021 to July 31st 2021;
Scandinavia WFC as well will not take part in the upcoming CAF WCL CECAFA Zonal Qualifiers 2021 scheduled for July 17th to July 31st 2021 in Kenya.
“The Council of Central and East African Football Associations (CECAFA) has been notified of these unfortunate proceedings.”
The Rwanda U-23 team had initially been summoned by newly appointed coach Sosthene Habimana about two weeks ago.
It should be noted that Rwanda didn’t take part in the most recent CECAFA Challenge Cup held in Uganda in 2019.