Plans are underway by the
Federation of Uganda Football Associations-FUFA to test all players for
COVID-19 ahead of the kick-off of the Senior Women’s CECAFA championship at the
Fufa technical center in Njeru on Friday.
The FUFA 3rd Vice
President, Florence Nakiwala disclosed this at a media briefing at Fufa
technical center in Njeru Tuesday. She revealed that they
intend to enforce all the COVID-19 control protocols to protect the players and
fans who will show up for the championship.
According to Nakiwala, football
spectators will be allowed into the facility and will seat in designated zones
away from the players and match officials to avoid the spread of COVID-19. She
explained that unlike last year’s CECAFA U-20 women's championship, which attracted
teams from six countries, this year’s tournament has attracted eight teams,
which points to the growth of women's football within the CECAFA region.
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The teams are drawn from
the hosts Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Djibouti, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Zanzibar. According to Nakiwala,
the players are in perfect health and have embarked on final touches ahead of
the kickoff. James Mubi, the Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, says that they
have stepped up security in Jinja city to ensure the safety of the players.
also revealed that they have deployed police patrols from Buikwe and Jinja
districts to escort the players to and from the pitch throughout the tournament
to avoid any security threats. Kenya is the defending champion of the
CECAFA senior women’s cup.
However, Kenya is unable to defend the cup following
the country’s suspension from any direct participation in footballing
activities by the Federation of International Football Associations-FIFA. The
championship that will run from June 1st to 11th, 2022
will kick off Wednesday afternoon with an
opening match between Burundi and Djibouti on Wednesday.