All set Caf U-17 gets underway this Saturday
It is approximately 2 days to the kick off of the 2011 Continental U-17 tournament this Saturday, taking place at the Rwandans ‘capital of Kigali and Rubavu. (Defending Champs with trophy)
The Rwandese will open the tournament, playing Burkina Faso at Amahoro National stadium, before taking on Egypt on January 11 and Senegal on January 14 as the tournament last from January 8-22.
The host Rwanda after their training session at the Nyamirambo stadium are backing their 18 players named by the former St Etienne coach that together they can win the tournament.
The Rwandans are set to welcome Africa’s elite youth teams to a two-week Under 17 Continental football showdown.
The tournament, which has engrossed eight nations will showcase young African talent for the continent title.
Gambia, defending champions will have to tighten their grip if they are to return home with a back to back title.
Other great prospects are Senegal, Egypt, and Cote d’Ivoire and host Rwanda, also in their fold are Mali, Congo Brazzaville, and Burkina Faso.
Today reports from Kigali state that the Minister of Sports and Culture, Joseph Habineza said yesterday that preparations for the tournament had gone well as planned.
“Rwanda is ready to host Africa’s best teams. Hotels are set to host the teams and officials; stadiums, transport facilities and any other infrastructure required are all set,” he said.
The Junior Wasps coach, Richard Tardy, earlier this week said that he was confident of his team’s performance in the tournament.
Minister Habineza gives emphasis that the youth tournament will promote unity on the continent and prepare for Africa’s success in future competitions.
Meanwhile the four teams in each group will engage each other on a round-robin basis with the group winners and runners-up advancing to the semi finals with the eventual winners progressing to the final.
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