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Cecafa’s Burundi bundled out as World Cup places are decided

U20 AFCON 2019, Niger:

Fixtures:

Semi-finals:

Feb 13 (Niamey):

Nigeria v Mali

Senegal v South Africa

BURUNDI provided East African presence at the ongoing U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger but after two losses and a draw in pool matches, were out of contention for the semi-finals and a place in the U20 Fifa World Cup.

Burundi playing in group ‘A’ lost 0-2 to Nigeria, drew 3-3 with hosts Niger and went down 0-1 to South Africa. Top-placed teams in the group, Nigeria and South Africa, qualified to the semi-finals as well as booked their places in the U20 Fifa World Cup Finals to be held in Poland (May 23 – June 15).

Above, Burundi (right) take on Tanzania in the U17 AFCON qualifiers fixture at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam. Top: Burundi, left, against Sudan

Above, Burundi (right) take on Tanzania in the U17 AFCON qualifiers fixture at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam. Top: Burundi, left, against Sudan

Group ‘B’ semi-finalists and Poland qualifiers were Senegal and Mali who shut out fancied nations, Ghana and Burkina Faso who have previous experience at the world cup level. Both semi-finals in Niamey are set for February 13 and the Final on February 17.

Burundi  squad:

(Shirt no., name, jersey name, position, birthdate, current club, country)

1 Ally kitenge, KITENGE (gk) 12.10.2000 –  Bujumbura City (Burundi)

2 Chancel Ndaye, NDAYE (df) 14.04.1999 – Rukinzo FC (Burundi)

3 Steve Nahimana, NAHIMANA (df)  01.03.1999- Kayanza United (Burundi)

4 Amissi Mohamed, AMISSI (fw) 03.08.2000 – NAC Breda (The Netherlands)

5 Pascal Ramazani, PASCAL (fw) 03.08.2000 – Musongati FC (Burundi

6 Eric Mbirizi, MBIRIZI (mf) 02.07.1999 – Stand United  (Tanzania)

7 Jules Ulimwengu, ULIMWENGU (fw) 21.04.1999 – Sunrise FC (Rwanda)

8 Thérence Rukundo, RUKUNDO (mf) 12.03.1999 – Kayanza United (Burundi)

9 Cedric Mavugo, MAVUGO (fw) 10.10.1999, Aigle Noir (Burundi)

10 Shabani Muryango Mabano, MABANO (mf) 15.12.1999 – Aigle Noir (Burundi)

11 Ramadhan Bigirimana, BIGIRIMANA (df) 20.12.1999 – Stand United FC (Tanzania)

13 Saidi Irakoze, IRAKOZE (fw) 24.10.2000 – Musongati FC (Burundi)

14 Jospin Nshimirimana, NSHIMIRIMANA (mf) 12.12.2001 – Aigle Noir (Burundi)

15 Selemani Moustafa, MOUSTAFA (df) 06.09.1999 – Aigle Noir (Burundi)

16 Abdul Karim Barandondera,  BARANDONDERA (mf) 20.10.2000 – Flambeau du Centre (Burundi)

17 Armel Eza,  EZA (mf) 12.11.2000 – Kayanza United (Burundi)

18 Aime Ndizeye,  FALES (gk) 02.02.2002- Aigle Noir (Burundi)

19 Bienvenue Kanakimana,  KANAKIMANA (fw) 28.12.1999 – Aigle Noir (Burundi)

20 Onesime Rukundo, RUKUNDO (gk) 09.04.1999 – Messager Ngozi (Burundi)

21 Eric Ndoriyobija,  NDORIYOBIJA (df) 17.05.1999 – Stand United FC (Tanzania)

Tanzania fans who had crossed the border to Burundi to watch their U17 team at a Cecafa (council of East and Central Africa Football Associations) tournament in Muyinga, northern Burundi

Tanzania fans who had crossed the border to Muyinga, northern Burundi, to watch their U17 team at a Cecafa (council of East and Central Africa Football Associations) tournament

East African performance at the U20 AFCON level continues to be unsatisfactory. Only Burundi (1995) and Ethiopia (2001) have ever represented the region at the U20 Fifa World Cup. (Burundi results: 1-5 v Spain, 1-1 v Chile and 0-2 v Japan; Ethiopia, 1-2 v Ecuador, 1-3 v Costa Rica and 2-3 v The Netherlands).

Ghana, the most successful African team at the U20 Fifa World Cup, having reached the Final in 2001 (lost 0-3 to Argentina) and 1993 (lost 1-2 to Brazil) were this time poor in their Group ‘B’ engagements in Niger where they hoping to return to the two-yearly world event since 2015.

Africans who have taken part before in the Fifa U20 World Cup are (in order of first appearance): 1 Tunisia, 2 Morocco, 3 Cote d’Ivoire, 4 Algeria, 5 Guinea, 6 Egypt, 7 Cameroon, 8 Nigeria, 9 Togo, 10 Mali, 11 Ghana, 12 Burundi, 13 South Africa, 14 Angola, 15 Ethiopia, 16 Burkina Faso, 17 Benin, 18 Congo, 19 Zambia, 20 Gambia, 21 Senegal.

CAF President Ahmad (in blue T shirt) steps out at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam for the U17 AFCON qualifier final last year

CAF President Ahmad (in blue T shirt) steps out at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam for the U17 AFCON qualifier final last year

Meanwhile, with the Cecafa region’s lowly representation at the U20 AFCON, they will be trying to redeem themselves if Tanzania can successfully host the forthcoming U17 AFCON in Dar es Salaam (April 14-28).

The Tanzania U17 team (Serengeti) have elaborate plans in their preparations for the AFCON finals. They are currently preparing for a special tournament in Turkey organized by UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) beginning on March 3. The Tanzania government has made plans for a camp in Spain after Turkey before the teams flies back for training matches in Kigali, Rwanda, against Cameroon, Uganda and Rwanda.

The East and Central Africans will be looking to make the best of being represented by the hosts and Uganda. The pools are:

2019 U17 AFCON, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Group ‘A’:

Tanzania

Nigeria

Angola

Uganda

Group ‘B’:

Guinea

Cameroon

Morocco

Senegal

2019 U20 AFCON, Niger

Knockout stage:

Semi-finals:

13 Feb – Niamey:

1 NIGERIA -Winner Gp ‘A’ v MALI – Runners-up Gp ‘B’

2  SENEGAL – Winner Gp ‘B’ v SOUTH AFRICA – Runners-up Gp ‘A’

Bronze medal:

17 Feb – Niamey:

Loser Semi 1 v Loser Semi 2

FINAL:

Winner Semi 1 v Winner Semi 2

-Additional reporting by CAF, Correspondents

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