U17 Africa Cup Nations Qualifiers – CECAFA Region
Uganda vs Burundi -1PM
Uganda U17 Football National Team will hope to start on a high as the Zonal Qualifiers for next year’s U17 Africa Cup of Nations get underway today.
The Uganda Cubs face Burundi in the opening game game of the Regional Qualifiers at the Abebe Bikila stadium in Ethiopia.
The Qualifiers were initially supposed to kickoff on 30th September but had to be postponed to today after the dismissal of Sudan and Djibouti.
Rwanda and Eritrea had also earlier withdrawn from the Championship.
Hamza Lutalo, the Uganda U17 believes his charges are ready to face Burundi and hoping to start the tournament with victory.
” First games in a tournament are never easy but we want to win and get running. We have never faced Burundi at this stage but the players are ready to face any kind of opposition, ” he said before adding, “We are now just three teams in the group and that means the first game is crucial. Therefore, our focus is to get the three points and see what happens next.”
The second game of the day and the first in Group A will be between hosts Ethiopia and Somalia.
It should be noted that the finalists at the Zonal Qualifiers represent the region at the final tournament.