In a remarkable show of enthusiasm and growing interest in youth football, an astounding 219 teams have enthusiastically registered for the much-anticipated 2023 edition of the Ligi Ndogo East Africa tournament. This prestigious annual event is set to take place on August 17th and 18th, transforming the Nairobi Polo Club into a battleground of budding football stars.
Preparations are in full swing as the stage is set for this age group tournament that will see teams from 10 countries converge for a two-day football spectacle. The tournament’s appeal has resonated across borders, with teams confirming their participation from Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The event promises to be a melting pot of talent, camaraderie, and a celebration of the beautiful game.
Diverse age categories will be featured in the regional youth tournament, with young athletes spanning Under 7, Under-9, Under-11, and Under 13 age groups. The pulsating matches will be played in a seven-a-side format, igniting the fields with energy and showcasing the remarkable skillset of these future stars.
Kenya, the proud host of this year’s tournament, will warmly welcome over 1000 young football prodigies from the East African region. As the anticipation builds, football aficionados can look forward to witnessing a fierce competition that transcends borders, languages, and cultures.
At the helm of this grandeur event is Chris Amimo, the passionate tournament director. Reflecting on the staggering record-breaking number of entries, Amimo acknowledges that this surge in participation underscores the tournament’s escalating reputation and significance. He extends a heartfelt invitation to football enthusiasts to grace the event with their presence, offering encouragement and support to these budding junior players who are tirelessly honing their skills for a shot at becoming the future luminaries of professional football on the global stage.
Amimo’s confidence in the caliber of the tournament is unwavering, as he believes it serves as an unparalleled platform for these nascent talents to showcase their prowess and refine their abilities. His dedication to providing opportunities for young players extends beyond this event, as Ligi Ndogo is resolutely committed to propelling young athletes into the realm of countrywide tournaments, international cups, and enriching tours. With a fervent call to action, he urges fans to turn up in large numbers and exuberantly support these young aspirants.
The Ligi Ndogo East African Cup, initiated by the Ligi Ndogo Soccer Club Fraternity in 2008, holds a special place in the hearts of football enthusiasts across the region. A celebration of August every year, the tournament is not merely a display of skill, but also a platform to raise awareness about pertinent issues affecting football development among children and youth in the East African landscape. Each year, a pertinent theme is chosen, reflecting the concerns and aspirations of the region’s young population.
As the countdown begins for the 2023 Ligi Ndogo East Africa tournament, the stage is set for an electrifying display of young talent, teamwork, and sportsmanship. With record-breaking participation and a stage graced by emerging stars, the event promises to be a memorable chapter in the rich tapestry of East African football.