Rwanda draw Tanzania in Afcon U17 zonal qualifiers

Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye addresses the media at Azam Sports Complex on July 3, 2018. Nation Media Group

Rwanda’s national Under-17 team has been pooled in Group A of the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations qualifiers, Zonal Qualifiers for CECAFA region slated for Tanzania next month.

Rwanda is pooled against hosts Tanzania, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan in Group A while Group B is composed of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan.

The overall winner of the two-week competition joins seven other teams at the tournament to be hosted by Tanzania next year.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) said in July last year that the qualifying competition will be split into regions.

Apart from the hosts, each of the six zones receives one spot in the final tourney and the zone of the defending champions gets an additional spot. Mali from the West-A Zone is the defending champions.

Central-East region consists of 11 Caf members namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti.

In a media briefing on Tuesday held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Cecafa Secretary Nicholas Musonye said, “The CAF U-17 Zonal qualifiers for our region will be held in August and hosts Tanzania are ready to for the qualifying tournament. Participating teams are urged to prepare well such that we can be able to have strong representatives in the final tournament next year,”

Rwanda will kick-off their campaign against Sudan on August 11 at the National Stadium. The Junior Wasps will take on Burundi on August 13, then Somalia on August 16 before finalizing their group stage campaign against hosts Tanzania on August 21.

CAF U-17 Zonal Qualification

CECAFA Qualifiers

Group A: Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan

Group B: Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Djibouti

Group A Fixtures

August 11

Rwanda vs Sudan

Tanzania vs Burundi

August 13

Sudan vs Somalia

Burundi vs Rwanda

August 16

Somalia vs Rwanda

Sudan vs Tanzania

August 18

Burundi vs Sudan

Tanzania vs Somalia

August 21

Somalia vs Burundi

Rwanda vs Tanzania




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