The Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) has postponed the U-23 Youth tournament that was slated to take place in Sudan next month. Nicholas Musonye, the Cecafa Secretary General told URN in an interview at the Sports View Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, that they have decided to push the tournament to February next year.
Nicholas Musonye, the Cecafa Secretary General told URN in an interview at the Sports View Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, that they have decided to push the tournament to February next year.
He explained that Cecafa together with the Sudan Football Association decided that they postpone the tournament because the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group stage qualifiers, where Sudan is also participating, will take most of the time. Musonye explained that since they had the Cecafa Nile Basin Championship in June to July in Sudan and now the Cecafa Kagame Club Championship in Kigali, it would not make sense to have another event next month.
But the Cecafa Secretary General maintained that U-23 tournament will be fully sponsored by the Sudan government. He said since the Olympic Games will take place in 2016 in Brazil, this youth tournament will help prepare the regional teams better.
FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will stage qualifiers and later a 2015 CAF U-23 Championship to determine which African nations will compete at the men’s football event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The event will take place in the DR Congo between December 5 and 19 next year.