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Tanzania, Uganda falter in Europe but hosts in Dar confident for great U17 AFCON

UEFA ASSIST U17 International Tournament, Turkey

(March 1-10, 2019)

UGANDA, Group ‘2’:

Lost, Cameroon 4-1 Uganda
Lost, Uganda 1-4 Morocco
Won, Belarus 0-1 Uganda

TANZANIA:

Lost, Tanzania 0-1 Guinea

Won, Australia 2-3 Tanzania

Lost, Tanzania 0-5 Turkey

TANZANIA and Uganda, together with the rest of African teams for this year’s U17 AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations) have just finished taking part in an international invitation soccer tournament in Turkey.

Their performances in the UEFA Assist U-17 International Tournament between March 1 and10 in Antalya, Turkey, served as indicator of the shape of teams in U17 AFCON, hosted by Tanzania in Dar es Salaam between April 14 and 28.

Uganda during the UEFA Assist U17 tournament in Turkey. Top: Tanzania (in blue) take on Guinea in a match lost 0-1 in Turkey

Uganda celebrate a score during the UEFA Assist U17 tournament in Turkey. Top: Tanzania (in blue) take on Guinea in a match lost 0-1 in Turkey

The two East African teams had a win and two losses each in Turkey but Tanzania were jolted by a 5-0 hammering by Turkey in the last Group ‘1’ match. Uganda also lost 1-4 to Cameroon and Morocco and will be disturbed by their current form, going into Dar es Salaam, if that was anything to go by.

East Africa – the old region of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya — however, continues to prepare for their biggest African football tournament to date; the U17 AFCON. Kenya had a chance to host the premier Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 but pulled out in the dying minutes, a tournament that was subsequently hosted and won by South Africa.

Dar es Salaam National Stadium, one of the venues for the 2019 AFCON U17 tournament

Dar es Salaam National Stadium, one of the venues for the 2019 AFCON U17 tournament

The Dar es Salaam venues – the National Stadium and the Azam Sports Complex in Chamazi – are a perfect fit for the U17 AFCON having made their rehearsal with the Cecafa (Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations) qualifiers at which Uganda won their AFCON place by beating Ethiopia in the final. Semi-finalists Tanzania were automatic qualifiers by virtue of being hosts.

The U17 AFCON hosting is boosted by the steering by Tanzania Government-fronted national sports council – Baraza La Michezo Tanzania (BMT) chaired by Leodegar Tenga, the ex-international football who captained the country to their only appearance ever in the Africa Cup of Nations (1980). Tenga was also long- time chairman of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) and Cecafa.

Former national football team at AFCON captain Leodegar Tenga heads Government's Baraza La Michezo Tanzania (BMT) steering the hosting of the 2019 AFCON U17 championship in Dar es Salaam

Former national football team at AFCON captain Leodegar Tenga heads Government’s Baraza La Michezo Tanzania (BMT) steering the hosting of the 2019 AFCON U17 championship in Dar es Salaam

Tennga’s BMT, TFF and the Local Organising committee have engaged another gear to get the country ready for the U17 AFCON whose participating teams – all of which attended the UEFA Assist tourney in Turkey – will be:

2019 U17 AFCON TEAMS:

– Angola

– Cameroon

– Guinea

– Morocco

– Nigeria

– Senegal

– Tanzania

– Uganda

The teams that joined the Africans in the U17 UEFA Assist tournament in Turkey were; Belarus, Montenegro, Turkey and Australia.

The tournament was part of the UEFA Assist programme which aims to provide support to Fifa member associations and confederations worldwide. The objective is to create a football event which will include a youth development tournament and knowledge sharing between member associations, and also to enforce football as the global game and to allow for the interaction of different cultures, traditions and football development.

Unprecedented … three women referees will officiate at the 2019 AFCON U17 tournament in Dar es Salaam. They are, above to below; Jonesia Kabakama (Rwanda), Mary Njoroge (Kenya) Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (Madagascar)

Unprecedented … three women referees will officiate at the 2019 AFCON U17 tournament in Dar es Salaam. They are, above to below; Jonesia Kabakama (Rwanda), Mary Njoroge (Kenya) Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (Madagascar)

 

For the eight African teams for 10-day tourney served as a dress rehearsal for the continental championship scheduled for Dar es Salaam, which will see the semi-finalists qualifying for the FIFA U17 World Cup [no host, Fifa announced on February 22 that Chile had been stripped of hosting because facilities not ready).

UEFA ASSIST U17 International Tournament, Turkey

(March 1-10)

Selected results

Group 1: Tanzania, Guinea, Australia, Turkey

Tanzania 0-1 Guinea; Australia 1-4 Turkey

Turkey v Guinea; Australia 2-3 Tanzania

Tanzania 0-5 Turkey; Guinea 2-2 Australia

Group 2: Morocco, Cameroon, Uganda, Belarus

Morocco 1-0 Belarus; Cameroon 4-1 Uganda

Belarus v Cameroon; Uganda 1-2 Morocco

Morocco v Cameroon; Uganda 1-0 Belarus

Group 3: Senegal, Nigeria, Angola, Montenegro

Senegal 2-0 Nigeria; Angola 1-2 Montenegro

Montenegro v Nigeria; Angola v Senegal

Senegal v Montenegro; Nigeria v Angola

-Additional reporting by Correspondents and Agencies

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