NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya has named a squad of 30 players to begin
preparations for the Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations regional
qualifiers for the CECAFA zone.
which brings together 10 countries, will run from August 11th
to 26th in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
Kenya has been
pooled in Group B alongside Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and
Djibouti, while Group A features hosts Tanzania, Rwanda,
Burundi, Somalia and Sudan.
Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa is hopeful that Kenya
will secure qualification to the continental championships,
which will also be held in Tanzania in November.
“The Kenya team will
report to camp on Saturday in Nairobi, before shifting base to
Mombasa from August 1st. They will have the best
preparations and it will be on them to show the region what they
have,” said Mwendwa.
The team will depart
for Tanzania on August 6th. The Confederation of
African Football (CAF) has introduced the new qualification
format in order to have as many teams competing as possible.
A total of 49 teams
will be divided into seven regional groups, with the winner of
each group qualifying for the finals.
In the east Africa
region, the CECAFA tournament will determine which team takes
part in the 2019 Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations in May alongside
Tanzania, who gain automatic qualification by virtue of being
In the case of
CECAFA, the winner of the tournament will clinch the region’s
ticket, while the runners-up could still make it to the
tournament if Tanzania emerge victorious.
comprises players who took part in the CECAFA Under-17
Championships in Burundi in April, finishing fourth behind
Tanzania, Somalia, and Uganda. Also included in the team are
Kevinton Mwachika and Victor Benson.