New Groupings-CECAFA U15 Tournament-Eritrea
Group A: Sudan, Burundi, Kenya, Somalia and Eritrea
Group B: Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and South Sudan.
The tournamnet will now have two groups.
Saturday 17th Aug Uganda U15 vs Ethiopia U15
Monday 19th Aug Tanzania U15 vs Uganda U15
Friday 23rd Aug South Sudan U15 vs Uganda U15
Sunday 25th Aug Uganda U15 vs Rwanda U15
The Uganda National U-15 team arrived safely in the Eritrean capital Asmara on Wednesday Thursday evening ahead of the CECAFA U-15 championship that got underway on Friday afternoon.
The Uganda contingent aboard Ethiopian airlines touched down at the Eritrean international airport around 5pm. They were received by the CECAFA officials before being driven to Savanna International Hotel where they are accommodated.
The team was able to carry out a light training at the Eritrean FA training ground, just adjacent to the Eritrean main Stadium, Asmara International Stadium.
After today’s training, head coach Jackson Magera Kaddu said the team will be ready for the first game against Ethiopia tomorrow.
‘We arrived safely but these are young boys and it is the first time some of them have travelled, but the response in today’s training was not bad and they shall be in shape before the game tomorrow’ said Magera.
The organisers of the tournament have been forced to change the fixtures after Djibouti failed to turn up for the event.
Djibouti had earlier been drawn in group C alongside Tanzania and Sudan, but the changes have now seen Sudan placed in group A with Burundi, Kenya, Somalia and hosts Eritrea while Tanzania was placed in group B with Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and South Sudan. The tournamnet will now have two groups.
This means each team will have to play four group matches and the top two sides qualify for the semifinals slated for Wednesday July 28, with the final on Friday 30 August.
Uganda will play their first game on Saturday at 2:00PM against Ethiopia and have a one day rest before facing Tanzania on Monday, but will have a long four days rest in preparation for the third game against South Sudan on Friday next week with the last group tie coming up with Rwanda on Sunday.
The two-week tournament has attracted 10 teams and all games will be played at the Asmara International Stadium.
MAIN PHOTO: Uganda U15 on arrival at Asmara International Airport in Eritrea