The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has ordered that the CECAFA U20 zonal qualifying tournament in Tanzania be played behind closed doors (without fans).
The development was confirmed on Wednesday morning by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) secretary-general Wilfred Kidao after failing to convince CAF to have fans during the tournament.
“CAF are the main sponsors of the tournament because it will produce two teams that will qualify for the 2021 U20 tournament in Mauritania, and for that, they have asked us to follow the protocol,” Kidao said as quoted by goal.com
“Most tournaments under Fifa and Caf are adhering to Covid-19 protocols and saw all the matches have their own rules, so they have asked us as the host to follow the rules to the letter. We have tried to tell them we don’t have Covid-19 in Tanzania, but they have refused.”
“We have told them our country has moved on and everything is back to normal but they have refused, we have also sent them a video of fans attending the derby between Yanga SC and Simba SC but they have also refused to accept our request.”
“So it now means the U20 matches in Karatwa and Arusha will be played without fans. Caf has said the tournament involves juniors and they have a huge risk of contracting the Covid-19, so they don’t want fans in attendance.”
“We will follow the Caf rules and will adhere to the protocols as laid down and we will do everything to make sure the rules are followed and it is the same thing they did in the Cosafa tournament in South Africa. There were no fans. We really wanted to have fans to support our Tanzania team but the rules have now changed and we don’t have anything we can do.”
The U-20 tournament also serves as the AFCON U-20 qualifiers, will be hosted between November 22nd and December 6th in Tanzania.
Uganda’s Hippos who are pitted in group B along with Burundi and South Sudan started training for the tournament on 1st November at the IUIU Campus, Kabojja before they were shifted to the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru for a residential training camp that is set to conclude tomorrow 19th October.
Rwanda decided not to take part in this year’s tournament after a consultative meeting between the FERWAFA and the Ministry of Education.
Uganda Hippos Fixture
23rd/11/ 2020 South Sudan Vs Uganda
25th/11/2020 Uganda Vs Burundi