Somali youngsters off to Asmara for CECAFA U-15 championship

SFF president Abdiqani Said Arab 10th from right in the front row and other officials pictured with the team prior to its departure to Asmara on Tuesday morning

Somalia’s U-15 team, the Ocean Stars youngsters, on Tuesday, 13 August 2019, left for Asmara for the inaugural edition of CECAFA U-15 Championship.

The president of Somali Football Federation (SFF) Abdiqani Said Arab and members of the SFF executive committee, club authorities and football saw the team off at Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport on Tuesday.

“In CECAFA region, we several times experienced age-cheatings at youth competitions, so as a region we decided to produce talented kids to prepare them for the U-17 competitions in the next two years and that is where we are going to be “SFF president, Arab told the media the airport prior to the team’s departure to Asmara.

Eleven countries from the CECAFA region will compete in the inaugural edition of the U-15 Championship. They are: Somalia, Eritrea Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Sudan and Djibouti.

Somalia has been drawn in group A with Burundi, Kenya and hosts Eritrea. The Ocean Stars youngsters will take on Kenya in the opening match on 16 August 2019. All matches will be played at Asmara National Stadium from 16 August to 01 September 2019.