CECAFA U-20 Zonal Qualifiers: South Sudan Group B Opponents Eritrea Pulls Out Of AFCON U-20 Qualifying Tournament

Eritrea U-20 Team during the 2019 CECAFA Tournament.

South Sudan U-20 group B opponents Eritrea have reportedly pulled out at the last minute of the Zonal Qualifiers, the East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) has confirmed on Sunday 15th November, 2020. 

The qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) for U-20 will kick-off on November 22nd in Arusha, Tanzania.

But in the fixtures released on Sunday, Eritrea and Rwanda which had earlier indicated participation had withdrawn and omitted from the fixture.

The Council of East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) indicated that both Eritrea and Rwanda have pulled out of the qualifiers for the region. 

Group B where Eritrea had been placed now remains with Burundi, South Sudan and Uganda. Group C which will also be based in Arusha will have Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.

Hosts Tanzania, Somalia and Djibouti will be based in Karatu. The best two teams will qualify to play in the 2021 Afcon U-20 event to be played in Mauritania.

On 28th October 2020, Eritrea was placed in a tough group ahead of the qualifiers for the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

In the draws that were conducted virtually on Wednesday 28th October, 2020 afternoon Eritrea was placed in Group B alongside Burundi, South Sudan and Uganda.

The tournament, the first in the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) calendar, will take place between November 22nd to December 6th in Tanzania towns of Arusha and Karatu.

The South Sudan U-20 left the country on Wednesday November 11th 2020 and have so far played one practice game beating Arusha FC by 2-1 with the Mathare 18 years old Lual Daniel Gumnok scoring a brace. 

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