The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) has confirmed that the Democratic Republic of Congo’s team “The Leopards” will participate in the CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup as a guest team.
Auka Gacheo, the CECAFA Executive Director confirmed the development. “DR Congo have requested to play and we have allowed them to play as a guest side,” said Gaheco.
Ethiopia will host the first tournament in 2021 in the CECAFA calendar between July 3-18th in the town of Bahir Dar.
Gacheo told Cecafaonline that having the DR Congo team will spice the competition. “We are moving on well and Ethiopia is putting everything in place so that they host a successful tournament,” added the Executive Director.
He also asked the Member Associations to pay up the US$20,000 which they are meant to send before being drawn for the competition.
Ahead of a CAF General Assembly in Morocco this year, CECAFA members agreed that the Challenge Cup is played by the U-23 age category and all Member Associations contribute US$20,000 which will help the hosts meet some of the costs.
Besides DR Congo, the other teams that have already confirmed participation include; Uganda, Eritrea, Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and hosts Ethiopia.
Following the above confirmation, this year’s competition will have 12 teams and not 11 teams as of previous competition. The Bright Stars have so far played in 5 different organized competition since it’s confirmation into the body in 2012