East Africa’s communist state of Rwanda has announced its withdrawal from the CECAFA U23 tournament to be held in Ethiopia due to surge in COVID-19 cases.
According to the country’s football regulatory body, Rwanda FA, Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars U23 National Football Team will not participate in the the Council of Central and East African Football Association (CECAFA) U23 tournament because of the COVID-19 fears.
“Rwanda National Team will not participate in the CECAFA U23 tournament due to be held in Bahir-Dar, Ethiopia from July17th to July31st, 2021,” FERWAFA announced.
Rwanda has been by far the most sports active country in East Africa since the break of the pandemic. Hosting international basketball, cycling and soon golf tournaments.
The CECAFA U23 tournament is scheduled for July17th to July31st in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
Rwanda FA says they prioritise the health of athletes appealing to them to join hands in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Among other sports activities suspended is the CAF WCL CECAFA zonal qualifiers due to take place on July17th in Kenya.
“Scandinavian WFC as well will not take part in the upcoming CAF WCL CECAFA zonal qualifiers scheduled for July 17th,2021 in Kenya,” Rwanda FA further announced.
The regulatory body disclosed that the Council for Central and East African Football Association (CECAFA) has been notified of the changes.
Rwanda becomes the first country to pull out of the CECAFA U23 tournament, but Parrots UG has learned that the country recently temporarily banned all local and international sports activities over COVID-19 cases upsurge.
Rwanda has of Saturday July 10th registered a total of: 46,837 Coronavirus Cases; 534 Deaths; and 31,137 Recoveries.