NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Uganda is
set to host the inaugural Council for East and Central Africa Football
Associations (CECAFA) Women Championship later this week.
Musonye, the secretary general of CECAFA, told a media briefing in Nairobi that
the tournament scheduled between Sept. 11 and 20 in the town of Jinja has
attracted seven teams from the region.
“It is all
systems go except for the small issue of the prize structure to be awarded to
the winners, and which will be in place before the tournament ends after we
finalize with our sponsors,” Musonye said.
competition will feature teams from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Zanzibar who are
all drawn in Group A, and Ethiopia, Tanzania and Rwanda who will battle it out
in Group B.
have in the past challenged us to give them a platform to compete since women’s
football has taken root in the region and we have thrown the challenge back to
them and expect a good competition from them in return,” Musonye said.
region has 12 member nations, but women’s football is developed in only seven
nations, with South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea all struggling
to put women’s football in place.
history by becoming the only country on the entire African continent with a
national women’s league.
Unfortunately, because of its inactivity on the international arena for over 17
months, Uganda remains among the 40 countries not ranked by FIFA as per the
latest women’s rankings released in December 2015.
On the CECAFA
front, only Kenya and Tanzania have a FIFA ranking.