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CECAFA U-15 tourney in Eritrea: East Africa sweeps all semi-final slots


Friday August 23, 2019
 

Matches are underway in Eritrean capital Asmara which is hosting the Council for East and Central African Football Associations, CECAFA, under 15 championships.

Per the calculations of Group A, Kenya and Tanzania have qualified for the semi finals. Kenya bagged 10 points to top the group whiles Burundi came second with seven points.

Rwanda and Uganda have qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament after Day 8 fixtures were dispatched. Uganda had the easiest task of beating South Sudan by 5 – 0 whiles Rwanda managed a slim 2 – 1 win over Tanzania to go through.

The four teams will return to action on Wednesday (August 28) with semi-final clashes. The final has been scheduled for August 30, 2019, in Asmara.

Hosts Eritrea stuttered on day one as they failed to win their fixture against Burundi. The East Africans prevailed 2 – 1 in the game.

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The Eritrean team, however, redeemed their chances on Day 5 (August 20) beating neighbouring Sudan emphatically by 6 – 0.

Eritrea went on to lose by 2 – 1 to Kenya in a game that was billed a do or die affair. Whiles in the battle of the whipping boys, Somalia put two unanswered goals past Sudan on Day 7.

Match Day results:

DAY 8 (August 23) results
Tanzania 1 - 2 Rwanda
Uganda 5 - 0 South Sudan

DAY 7 (August 22) 
Eritrea 1 – 2 Kenya
Somalia 2 – 0 Sudan

DAY 6 (August 21)
Tanzania 6 - 0 South Sudan
Rwanda 3 – 0 Ethiopia

DAY 5 (August 20)
Kenya 1 – 1 Burundi
Sudan 0 – 6 Eritrea

DAY 4 (August 19)
Tanzania 0 - 2 Uganda
South Sudan 1 – 1 Ethiopia

DAY 3 (August 18)
Sudan 0 – 4 Kenya
Burundi 2 – 1 Somalia

DAY 2 (August 17)
Rwanda 3 – 0 South Sudan
Uganda 3 – 0 Ethiopia 3

DAY 1 (August 16)
Kenya 3 – 1 Somalia
Eritrea 1 – 2 Burundi

East African dominance:

East African sides have proven superior as the fixtures enters Day 6 (August 21). Burundi, Kenya and Uganda have won their first two fixtures booking qualification for the next round. Kenya and Burundi played a one-all draw on Tuesday.

The tournament kicked off on August 16 and is expected to end on September 1. Sides that have struggled include South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Tanzania.

Even though reports indicated that Djibouti were due to participate, that did not happen and groups were reconfigured into two of five teams each.

Group breakdown of competing teams:

Group A – Eritrea, Kenya, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan
Group B – Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Tanzania



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