Sunday, August 7, 2016

Cameroon—Kenya U17 Match Relocated To Limbe

Limbe Omnisport stadium
Yaoundé—Cameroon football authorities have relocated a match between the country’s under 17 football team against Kenya on Sunday August 7.

The Kenyan under 17 soccer team arrived Cameroon on Friday.

The encounter which is the first leg of the second round of qualifiers for the 2017 African U17 championship to be staged in Madagascar was initially programmed for the Bafoussam Omnisport stadium in the West region of the country.

In a statement published early Saturday, the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) said the aircraft that had to transport the Kenyan team from Douala to Bafoussam had a technical fault.

The visiting team could not therefore travel by bus on the over 250km long road from Douala to the initial playground in Bafoussam as FIFA rules stipulate that a visiting team must not travel more than 200Km by road.

“Consequently, FECAFOOT informed CAF which has approved” that the match takes place at the Limbe Omnisport stadium, the statement signed by the secretary general of the Cameroon soccer federation Blaise Moussa said.

The seaside resort town of Limbe is 75km away from Douala and the visiting team will be transported by bus.

The match against Cameroon comes a week after the COSAFA 2016 regional championship in Mauritius where the Kenyan side was guest team.

The team that is hoping to qualify for the African championship for the first time will be counting on the experience of the regional tourney for Sunday’s encounter with Cameroon.

The host, Cameroon U17 Lions has been in training in the West region after their return from the Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC) U17 tournament in Congo-Brazaville where they finished third.

The return leg has been scheduled for the weekend of August19 - 21 in Nairobi, Kenya.

By Ndi Eugene Ndi

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