Somalia and Tanzania will field foreign-based players in their teams during the 2019 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
The regional tournament that brings together national teams in the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) region will take place from December 7 to 19 in Uganda.
Heyford Basir Kweku, head coach of Somalia’s Ocean Stars said in Kampala on Tuesday some of his players have already arrived in Uganda and they are expecting others from Europe.
“We are taking this tournament very seriously because we want to perform well and keep improving in the rankings. We shall have some foreign-based players who played in the 2021 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe,” Kweku is quoted by Cecafa website.
Somalia have been placed in Group B alongside Sudan, South Sudan and the guest side Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Nicholas Musonye, the Cecafa secretary-general, says they expect a very competitive tournament this year since many teams have greatly improved.
Kenya’s Harambee Stars are the defending champions after they won the last event held in 2017.
Group A: Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea
Group B: DR Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia
Group C: Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Zambia