Cecafa U20 to be played with no spectators

The Confederation of African Football has ordered the Cecafa U20 tournament to be played behind closed doors.

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The regional competition is set to kick-off on November 20 and will run until December 2nd in Arusha Tanzania.

Although Tanzania have their Mainland Premier League attended by fans, the African body has maintained the tournament will be played without fans.

Now, according to TFF secretary general Wilfred Kidao, their efforts to convince Caf to have fans during the competition, have hit a snag.

The African body feels it is a tournament for junior players and that Covid-19 protocols must be adhered to.

“Caf have asked us to follow the protocol because the tournament will produce two teams that will qualify for the 2021 U20 tournament in Mauritania,” Kidao told reporters in Dar es Salaam.

“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,” he added.

“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 and so they don’t want fans in attendance.”

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Djibouti, Somalia, Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Uganda, will participate in the competition.

Rwanda and Eritrea who will not take part in the tournament.

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