Eleven countries have been confirmed to challenge for the 2019 CECAFA U20 Challenge Cup, that is scheduled to be hosted by Uganda from 21st September, to October 5th.
The tournament that was last held in 2010, was earlier scheduled to be held in January but was shifted due to some constraints.
Initially, three stadiums were proposed to be used as venues, but only two have been passed by after inspection.
The Pecce war memorial stadium in Gulu and the FUFA technical centre in Njeru will host the games all the way to the final.
Pecce stadium will be the tournament’s hub hosting the opening games, semi-finals and the finals.
The chairman of the tournament’s local organising committee Darius Mugoye said that the move to have the tournament hub in Gulu stems from the love of the game in that part of the country as well as the passion for football in the region.
While CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, applauded FUFA for the continued support towards CECAFA activities and the Ugandan media for the continued support and coverage.
“We want to thank FUFA and the media in Uganda who are always on top support CECAFA. The media engagement is crucial and important in promoting tournaments in the region.” Musonye stated.
12 teams were expected to take part in the tournament, but Rwanda have pulled out due to financial constraints.
The remaining 11 teams have been grouped into three groups of four with the exception of Group C that consists of three teams.
Uganda Hippos have been grouped in Group A, alongside Sudan-U20, Eritrea U-20 and Djibouti U-20.
Kenya U-20, Ethiopia U-20, Zanzibar U-20 and Tanzania U-20 will compete in group B, while Burundi U-20, South Sudan U-20 and Somalia U-20 have been placed in Group C.
The fixture between Sudan U-20 and Djibouti U-20 will get the tournament underway at 2 PM, before Uganda Hippos face off against Eritrea U-20 in the other fixture on the opening day.