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CECAFA 2019: South Sudan Group B Opponents Releases Squad

The Somalia National Team in a Group Photo before a Match.

South Sudan group B opponents Somalia have released their 18 man Squad ahead of the CECAFA Men’s Senior Challenge Cup to be hosted in Uganda eastern town of Jinja.  

The regional tournament that brings together national teams in the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) region will take place December 7-19th in Uganda.

Heyford Basir Kweku, head coach of Somalia’s Ocean Stars said in Kampala on Monday that some of his players have already arrived in Uganda and they are expecting others from Europe.

“We are taking this tournament very seriously because we want to perform well and keep improving in the rankings. We shall have some foreign based players who played in the 2021 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe,” he added.

Somalia has been pooled in Group B alongside Sudan, South Sudan and guest side Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Nicholas Musonye, the CECAFA Secretary General says they expect a very competitive tournament this year since many teams have greatly improved. “This will also be a good tournament for teams like Uganda and Tanzania to prepare ahead of the 2020 Africa Nations Championship to take place in Cameroon in April,” Musonye further added.

Kenya’s Harambee Stars are the defending champions after they won the last event held in 2017.

The Oceanic Stars will start their group B match against Sudan on Sunday 8th December 2019 at FUFA Technical Center In Njeru at 2:00pm, before facing DR Congo at 4:30pm on Tuesday 10th December 2019, they will finish their group match against South Sudan on Thursday 12th December 2019.

The Squad consist of three (3) goal keepers, five (8) defenders, eight (8) midfielders and two (2) strikers in total to compete for the 2019 CECAFA Senior challenge cup.

Group A: Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea

Group B: DR Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia

Group C: Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Zambia

Here is the Oceanic Stars 18 Man Squad

Goal Keepers (3): Usaama Yussuf (SV GENC OSMAN), Germany, Abdiasis Xasan, (Tower United) United Kingdom, Said Aweys, (Mogadishu City Clu), Somalia.

Defenders (5): Yonis Farah, (Trysil FC), Norway, Mohamud Ali Mohamed, (Curzon Ashton), England (UK), Ahmed Said Ahmed, (Vantaan FC), Finland, Guled Abdirizak Ahmed (NK Nask FC) Croatia.

Midfielders (8): Abd-El-Aziz Yousef, (Halifax Wanderers FC) Canadian Premeir League, Canada.  Abdulsamed Abdullahi, (FC Den Bosch), Netherlands. Omar Mohamed, (Greenville FC), USA, Mohamed Abukar (Not attached),  Abdulkadir Said Ahmed, (Vantaan FC), Finland. Farhan Omar, (Pargas IF FC), Finland. Hassan Abdinur Geeseey. (Horseed SC) Somalia. Liban Abdulahi, (Jönköpings Södra IF), Sweden. Hussein Abdikarim Mohamed, (Helsinki IFK), Finland

Forwards (2):  Ali Musse. (FC Valour) Canadian Premier League.Anwar Sayid Ali. (Elman FC). Somalia.

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