Eritrea was the host country to the inaugural CECAFA U 15 championship which was held from 16th – 30th August with 10 countries participating in it Uganda, Kenya, Eritrea, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
Curtains went down on Friday 30th August with the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad together with Football leaders from the CECAFA region gracing the finals at the Asmara National Stadium when Uganda U15 team were crowned the inaugural CECAFA U-15 Challenge Cup champions after a 4-0 win and Kenya triumphed as the 1st runners up.
The colorful and well organized championship led by the chairperson Doris Petra was meant to develop talents at the grassroots level which is the basic stage in the development of a player.
Amidst the colorful event allegations came around on age cheating and Ugandan side was mentioned. She put in in order that
“Teams like Ethiopia lodged a formal complaint yes but We were unable to prove age cheating allegations because the only documents provided were passports as per the regulations, no MRI was done or was on the approved regulations which was used as a guide line. ”
As she is the one in charge of women development in Kenya, our team asked her if in the near future we can see the same tournament for the ladies too she smiled saying
“It is in the pipeline and as a committee we looking forward to host it early next year. We want to develop women’s football from a younger age and by organizing competitions like this we are building our future.”