Two months after participating in the CECAFA U17 showpiece in Burundi, the Kenya U17 team will have to get past neighbours Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan if they are to make it to the 2019 African Cup of Nations U17 Tournament.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) in July 2017 rolled out a new order in the AFCON U17 qualification process, conducting this in regions, which sees Kenya land in Group B of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) zonal qualifiers slated for Tanzania next month.
Group A of the Zonal competition will have hosts Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan with the overall winner of the two-week competition joining seven other teams at the tournament to be hosted by Tanzania next year.
Apart from the hosts, each of the six zones in the CAF region will receive one spot in the finals with the zone of the defending champions getting an additional spot; Mali from the West-A Zone are the defending champions.
Kenya’s team led by Michael Amenga and Godfrey Oduor will kick off its campaign against South Sudan on August 14. The team will then be up against Djibouti on Friday 17 August, this will be followed by a tie against Uganda on Sunday 19 August before wrapping up their group games with a tie against Ethiopia on Wednesday 22 August.
The games are slated to take place at the Chamazi Complex and the National Stadium.