National Under 17 football team, Serengeti Boys kicks off their campaign in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Under-17 Championship in Burundi today.
Serengeti Boys will face their compatriots Uganda in group B at Muyinga Stadium on the second day of the tournament.
The tournament officially kicked yesterday with the hosts Burundi taking on Kenya in a highly anticipated opener, as well as Group ‘A’ fixture starter.
Serengeti Boys under the tutelage of Coach Mirambo are pooled in group B of the tournament alongside Uganda, Sudan and Zanzibar will also be in action today against Sudan at Gitega Stadium.
According to CECAFA General Secretary, Nicholas Musonye, a total of eight member associations have confirmed their participation in the event. The members include Tanzania Mainland, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan.
However, other members Rwanda, South Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti have failed to take part in youth 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.
Musonge has commended CAF and FIFA for the support towards making the regional cadet championship a reality after an eight-year hiatus.
Group A comprises host Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia and will be based in Ngozi about 120-kilometres north of the capital, Bujumbura.
The opening matches were to take place at Omuco Stadium in Muyinga Province. They will later return to he Urukundo Stadium for the remaining games.
Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Sudan are pooled in group B and will be based in Muyinga. The semi-final matches are slated to be played in Gitega Province, Central of Burundi, with the final on April 29 in Ngozi.