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FUFA To Test Players Ahead of CECAFA Senior Women's Challenge

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.

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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. 

He 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. 

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