Record Entry For CAF U-17 Qualifiers

Lagos – 49 African countries out of 54 member countries have registered for the CAF U-17 qualifying tournament.

CAF, which announced this on Thursday, stated that this was a record entry as the previous qualifying tournament has only recorded 30 participating countries.

Reason for the unprecedented entry, the continental football body stated, was because of the change in qualifying format.

Rather than the previous knockout format, the new qual ifying tournament will zonal based giving many countries the opportunity of taking part.

“The response has been great. A total of 49 Member Associations, have confirmed their participation, which is a record compared to the previous years. We will get to see teams that never participated and rarely made an impact at the youth level,” said CAF General Secretary Amr Fahmy.

With the continent divided into six zones, the zonal qualifiers will produce the seven teams that will join the host nation, Tanzania.

Each of the six Zonal Unions (CECAFA, COSAFA, UNAF, UNIFFAC, WAFU A, WAFU B) will organise their regional qualifiers featuring teams from the zone.

From mid-July to September, the qualifiers will take off from Mauritius (COSAFA), through Equatorial Guinea (UNIFFAC), Tanzania (CECAFA), Tunisia (UNAF), Senegal (WAFU A) before terminating in Niger (WAFU B).

The winner of each zonal competition qualifies for the final tournament, with the exception of the zone of the previous winner, entitled to two slots. Since Mali won the title in 2017, WAFU A will qualify two teams.

Meanwhile, all players selected for the tournament are expected to undergo mandatory Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to determine their eligibility to participate.

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Author: Peter Edema