Three Ugandan referees have been confirmed to officiate in the 2019 CECAFA U-20 tournament games to be played from September 21st to October 5th 2019.
These are Alex Muhabi (center referee) and two assistant referees – Ronald Katenya and Musa Balikoowa.
In total, there will be ten centre referees and ten assistant referees who will handle the two week’s tournament that shall be played over in two venues – FUFA Technical Center, Njeru and Pece Stadium, Gulu.
Other officials are from Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, Zanzibar, South Sudan and Somalia.
Only two of the official are females – Jonesia Kabakama from Tanzania and Kenya’s Jane Cherono.
Meanwhile, the national U-20 teams of Djibouti and Sudan have already pitched camp in Gulu District and Njeru respectively ahead of the tournament.
Hosts Uganda are in group A alongside Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti while group B has Kenya, Ethiopia, Zanzibar and Tanzania. Burundi, South Sudan and Somalia are in group C.
This year Cecafa has already organized the Cecafa Kagame Club Championship (Rwanda) and the Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup in Eritrea last month.
The Cecafa Women’s Championship, Cecafa U-17 Women’s Cup and the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup are also slated to take place this year.
Center Referees: Eric Manirakiza (Burundi), Dinareh Mohamed (Djibouti), Israel Mpaima (Kenya), Lemma Neguisse (Ethiopia), Yohanned Zakaria (Eritrea), Jonesia Kabakama (ms) – Tanzania, Martin Sanya (Tanzania), Mahmood Ali Mahmood Ismael (Sudan), Alex Muhabi (Uganda), Ali Mfaume (Zanzibar)
Assistant Referees: Oliver Odhiambo (Kenya), Ali Mahad (Somalia), Yetayew Belachew (Ethiopia), Mikiele Bereket (Eritrea), Jane Cherono (ms) – Kenya, Frank Komba (Tanzania), Nour Abdi (Somalia), Ronald Katenya (Uganda), Robert Duwuki (South Sudan), Musa Balikowa (Uganda).