Rwanda U-23 National team will not participate in the upcoming CECAFA U-23 tournament that is slated to begin on 17th July in the Ethiopian city of Bahir Dar.
Federation of Rwanda Football Association( FERWAFA) confirmed the development citing the surge of Covid19 pandemic in the region.
The press release reads;
“Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association would like to inform the general public and members of the media that due to the recrudescence of the Covid-19 pandemic in the region and Rwanda particularly, which raises assumptions of the presence of the highly infectious COVID-19 Delta Variant;
” Reference is also made to the new Covid-19 preventive measures drawn by the Government of Rwanda imposing partial lockdown on most activities including contact and team sports as well as movement restrictions between districts, provinces and the City of Kigali;
” Rwanda U23 National Football Team will not participate in the CECAFA U23 tournament due to be held in Bahir-Dar, Ethiopia from July 17th 2021 to July 31st 2021;”
While a host of countries including Uganda had confirmed participation in the regional Football affair, Rwanda had stalled to confirm taking part but lastly confirmed participation.
“The Council of Central and East African Football Associations (CECAFA) has been notified of these unfortunate proceedings.”
The development means that Rwanda will not participate in the regional tournament for the second successive time having missed the 2019 edition hosted in Uganda.
Newly appointed Coach Sosthene Habimana had already summoned the team two weeks ago to gear up preparations for the tournament.