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CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye in a past press briefing. Photo: Courtesy

The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) on Monday January 5 announced that this year’s edition of the oldest tournament in Africa will feature two youth competition as well as a women’s tournament.

The new developments will see Uganda host the women’s competition and the boys’U17 while neighbors Burundi will stage the U20 event.

In a signed statement by the CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, the annual tournament will see Sudan, who finished fourth in last year’s edition host the 2016 edition of the tournament while Zanzibar will stage the Kagame Cup.

Following an executive committee meeting held in Khartoum on January 5, the adaptations are in line with CECAFA’s five year strategic plan that was unveiled by the committee which will emphasize on youth and women football as well as the technical development.

“CECAFA will develop a master plan to ensure that youth and women football are fully integrated in all CECAFA activities starting this year. CECAFA will also organize four technical courses this year,” the statement read in parts.

In the same meeting, the committee nominated Somali’s Abdigani Arab Said as the vice chairman and Leodegar Tenga – the immediate Cecafa chairman as an Honorary Chairman.

In attendance was Sudan Minister for Sports and Youth, several top Sudan government officials and the Chairman of Saudi Arabia FA Ahmed Alharbi