A regional all star junior team will be selected to represent East Africa in an international tournament.
The players below the age of 19 will be selected from the ongoing Ligi Ndogo East Africa Cup tournament which kicked off on Saturday, September 17th, at Lenana School in Nairobi.
Over 1000 players of teams from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are taking part in the two day tournament of the age group tournament for juniors featuring boys in the age categories U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, and U19.
The tournament director James Omondi said a technical panel will select the players from the teams of the countries to form the all star team to represent East Africa region internationally.
“As Ligi Ndogo we have been receiving invites to participate in international events and now we want to use this chance to expose upcoming players from East Africa throughtheir participation which will make our region a powerhouse in Africa in future,” he said.
The East Africa Ligi Ndogo tournament has achieved in exposing Kenyan players into stars. Some of them include Kenya’s national team Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe playing professional football played for former English Premier League (EPL) Reading and national under 23 midfielder playing for South Africa top flight league side team Marumo Gallants FC.
The tournament’s defending champions are Ligi Ndogo (U7), Ligi Ndo Ndogo Galaxy (u9), Ufa Simba (U11), Ufa Simba (U13), Ligi Ndogo Planets (U15), Berlin FC (U17), Berlin FC (U19).
The under 15 defending champions Ligi Ndogo Planets started their title defence on a wrong foot after losing 1-0 to Kings Football academy.
The under 11 champions found the tough going by settling for a barren draw against Legacy.
In another match, Legacy fought to a goalless draw against Black Panthers in an under 9 opening fixture.