The CECAFA Executive Committee meeting held in Arusha on Saturday 10th October 2020 made the decision to have the U17 and U20 AFCON Qualifiers. The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) also confirmed the dates for both the U17 and U20 AFCON regional qualifiers.
The development was confirmed on Thursday evening after an Executive committee meeting that was held in Arusha, Tanzania on Saturday, 10th October 2020 where a decision to go ahead with the under-age AFCON tournaments was reached.
The U20 AFCON qualifiers will be staged in Tanzania between 22nd November and 6th December, 2020 while the U17 qualifiers will be staged in Rwanda between the 13th and 28th December, 2020.
The Association further noted that 10 nations have already confirmed their participation in both qualifier tournaments and will later on be pooled into two pools, with the top two teams from each pool proceeding to the semifinals.
The confirmed teams for U-17 include South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Burundi and Somalia.
While for the AFCON U-20 qualifiers confirmed countries are; Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Both these Qualifier Tournaments will feature 10 teams which will be in two pools.
Uganda are the reigning U17 champions in the CECAFA region having defeated Ethiopia 3-1 in 2018 to qualify for the finals
In 2018 AFCON regional qualifiers, the South Sudan Young Bright Stars team was part of the finals in Tanzania beating Djibouti 2-1 with Victor Charles and Deng Joseph scoring for the Young Bright Stars while Remy Ali scored for Djibouti.
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