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.
Kenya youth eye region’s
ticket to Africa Under-17 Nations Cup
Kenya’s Junior Harambee Stars are hopeful of
clinching the single ticket to play in next year’s African
Under-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania as the CECAFA region
qualifiers kick off this weekend in Dar es Salaam.
fourth last year in Bujumbura, Burundi, coach Michael Amenga is
optimistic of conquering the region as he has entered a stronger
side capable to raffle the feathers and claim dominance in the
already assured of a slot as hosts, the remaining nine teams
will square out for one slot to the continental championship.
Apart from Kenya and
Tanzania, the tournament has teams from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda,
South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea.
“We have prepared
very well because we have had a longer camp period and the team
has gelled together as a unit. Last year, we had just formed the
Under-17 team and there were a lot of teething problems. But
it’s different this time round and we also have a stronger
team,” Amenga said on Saturday.
Kenya are in Pool B
with South Sudan, Djibouti, Uganda and Ethiopia and will start
their campaign next Tuesday against South Sudan. A top two
finish will guarantee them a spot in the semi-finals.
“In Africa now, you
can’t pick out a big team from a small team. Everyone is equal
and everyone wants to win. It will be very tough but we have to
work hard to get out of the group and most importantly top it.
If we get to the final, I believe we will have that motivation
to get the ticket to the Cup of Nations,” added Amenga.
Kenya captain Arnold
Onyango said he is ready to lead from the front and remains
certain they will secure their prize to make it at the Africa
Nations Cup in May next year in Tanzania.
“We know that Kenya
has never qualified for the Under-17 Cup of Nations and that is
our motivation. We want to be the ones to make history and
represent our country well. We expect a tough tournament but we
have prepared adequately,” added the defender.