NATIONAL Under-17 football team, Serengeti Boys shared spoils with their Ugandan counterparts following a 1-1 draw in their Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Under-17 Championship opener yesterday.
Serengeti Boys faced their compatriots Uganda in group B match staged yesterday at Muyinga Stadium on the second day of the tournament. The tournament officially kicked off on Saturday with the hosts Burundi taking on Kenya in a Group ‘A’ fixture starter.
Serengeti Boys under the tutelage of Coach Oscar Mirambo are pooled in group B of the tournament alongside Uganda, Sudan and Zanzibar. Serengeti Boys were leading 1-0 until the end of the first half. Uganda fought hard on resumption and managed to level the score in the middle of the second half.
According to CECAFA General Secretary, Nicholas Musonye, there are eight member associations taking part in this year’s event. The members include Tanzania Mainland, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.
However, other members Rwanda, South Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti won’t participate in this year’s tournament due to varying reasons. This is the third edition of this regional tournament and the second time in Burundi, after the inaugural one which they won in 2007.
The other edition was played in Sudan in 2009 with Uganda emerging champions. Musonye has commended CAF and FIFA for the support towards making the regional cadet championship a reality after an eight-year hiatus.
The semi-final matches are slated to be played in Gitega Province, Central of Burundi, with the final on April 29 in Ngozi.