Ugandan centre referee, William Oloya has been appointed by the Council for East and Central Africa Football (CECAFA) to officiate at the upcoming CECAFA U15 Championships due in Asmara, Eritrea starting this Friday.
This will be the first time in Africa, an U15’s football nations tournament will be played as CECAFA launched the junior regional tourney to help football develop in Eastern Africa.
Oloya holds a Fifa badge and has vast experience in officiating Ugandan league games and continental games in the Caf Champions League and Caf confederations cup as well as Afcon qualification games.
He was also part of the officials in the 2019 Cecafa Kagame Club tournament which was won by KCCA FC in Kigali, Rwanda.
Uganda was been placed in group B alongside Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
The Ugandan junior team will be managed by Magera Jackson of KCCA FC and assisted by Lutalo Hamuzah. Mubarak Kiberu the Goalkeeping coach, Nakabago Emmanuel will be Team Doctor, Mutyaba Bashir Team Coordinator and Bumpenjje Frank is the Kitsman.
Group A consists of host Eritrea, Kenya, Burundi and Somalia while group C has only three teams – Tanzania, Sudan and Djibouti.
The inaugural tournament is to help the region prepare for the Under 17 AFCON qualifiers that start early next year and also aimed at preventing age-cheating.
Eritrea will host the tournament from August 17 – September 1, 2019.
The event is to be sponsored by the FIFA Forward Programme initiative.
CECAFA is an association of the football playing nations in mostly East Africa and a bit of Central Africa. An affiliate of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), CECAFA is the oldest sub-regional football organisation on the continent.