KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s 1,500m runner Ronald Musagala has been
selected to be part of Africa’s team at the 2018 IAAF
The world event
which will bring together athletes from all continents will take
place on Sept. 8-9 in Ostrava, the Czech Republic.
“We are glad that
after winning a bronze medal in the 1,500m race at the
just-ended Africa Senior Championship in Nigeria, Musagala has
been selected to be on the team for Africa,” Dominic Otuchet,
the president of the Uganda Athletics Federation, told Xinhua on
Musagala is part of the team of 74 athletes named by the
Confederation of Africa Athletics on Tuesday.
Kenya, which topped
the Africa Senior Championships tally, will be represented by
nine athletes, while South Africa has the highest number of 20.
athletes from Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana,
Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Burundi, Swaziland and Djibouti are
among those selected.
The Continental Cup
is held every four years since 2010, replacing the previous
Athletics World Cup and involving teams from Africa, the
Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Uganda appeals to CAF over
suspended players for U-17 AFCON qualifiers
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda has appealed to the Confederation of
African Football (CAF) over the suspension of three of their
players from the on-going 2019 U-17 African Cup of Nations (AFCON)
“We have submitted
an appeal to CAF because we think we followed all the procedures
and we are shocked that three of our players have been
affected,” Edgar Watson, the Chief Executive Officer of the
Uganda FA, told Xinhua on Thursday.
On Aug. 11, CAF
suspended 11 players including three from Uganda after they
failed the magnetic resonance imaging tests conducted in Dar es
Salaam, Tanzania before the tournament kicked-off.
The three Ugandan
players who were found overage and suspended are George Oluka,
Joseph Kafumbe and Elvis Ngonde.
Watson said that all
the players were tested before they traveled to Tanzania for the
“We have appealed
because we think as per our tests all the players are qualified
to participate in the tournament,” added Watson.
Besides Uganda the
other countries that had players suspended after failing the
tests are Kenya (3), Burundi (1), South Sudan (1), Tanzania (2)
and Sudan (1).
After being depleted
by three players who are not allowed to be replaced, Uganda
started the campaign with 1-0 loss to Ethiopia.
The qualifiers have
attracted Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Kenya,
Ethiopia, South Sudan and Djibouti. Somalia’s team failed to
travel for the tournament.
Only one team will
advance from the qualifiers for the CECAFA region to join the
other teams from other regions. But Tanzania have already
qualified as hosts of the 2019 AFCON U-17 slated to run from May
Other teams from
different zones will also battle in the qualifiers.