The Uganda U17 (Cubs) will have to wait a little longer to get their CECAFA U17 title defence underway after their opponents South Sudan were disqualified.
The Cubs were set to play South Sudan in the opening game of the tournament at the Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu, Rwanda, on Saturday afternoon.
South Sudan’s disqualification was confirmed on Friday night after four of their players failed to pass the mandatory Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test.
MRI testing is used for under-age teams to determine the eligibility of the players by age and was introduced by FIFA in 2003.
All 20 Uganda Cubs players passed their MRI tests and were cleared for the tournament.
The Cubs will now get their title defence underway against rivals Kenya on Tuesday, December 15, and will face Ethiopia three days later on December 18.
Only six teams remain to feature in this year’s tournament with Rwanda, Djibouti and Tanzania who compete in group B the other teams remaining in the tournament.
The top two finishers from each group will qualify for the semi-finals.
The finalists will earn direct tickets to represent the CECAFA region in the 2021 U17 AFCON.
The CECAFA U17 will also double as the zonal qualifiers for the U17 AFCON to be hosted in Morocco.