Seven countries have confirmed participation in the inaugural Cecafa Women’s Championship scheduled for September 11-20 in Jinja, Uganda.
The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations officials converged at Fufa House in Kampala where the tournament was launched at a colourful ceremony.
A draw was held during the event, and Kenya’s Harambee Starlets have been pooled in Group A alongside Burundi, Zanzibar and hosts Uganda while Ethiopia, Tanzania and Rwanda were placed in the alternative Pool B.
Winners and runners up from either pool will proceed in the semifinals which will be held on September 18.
Federation of Ugandan Football president Moses Magogo attended the launch, and he told journalists that his federation will do everything possible to stage a successful event despite the fact that there are insufficient finances.
“We promised to host this tournament and we remain committed to our word. Women’s football has been neglected for a long time but as East Africa, we would like to set a trend for the continent.
“I thank Cecafa for entrusting us with the responsibility and I can assure you that even though we haven’t realized many financial sponsors, we shall do our best to make the event a success,” he said.
The national women’s team Harambee Starlets reported to training at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani this week to prepare for this tournament under coach David Ouma.
The Kenyan girls are considered favorites in this tournament owing to their wonderful exploits in Spain last month, and they will be using this tournament as part of their preparations for the African Women’s Cup of Nations scheduled for November in Cameroon.
Group A: Burundi, Zanzibar, Uganda, Kenya
Group B: Ethiopia, Tanzania and Rwanda