FIFA Referee Ronald Madanda on duty at the MTN Omondi stadium, Lugogo in Kampala. He will officiate at the 2021 CECAFA U-23 Challenge cup in Ethiopia (Credit: John Batanudde)

CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup 2021: (July 18-31) – Bahir Dar, Ethiopia:

  • Group A: Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • Group B: Ethiopia, Burundi, Eritrea
  • Group C: Djibouti, South Sudan, Kenya

Two Ugandan officials are among the twenty-two officials appointed for the upcoming 2021 CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup tournament in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

The duo of center referee Ronald Madanda and assistant referee Ronald Katenya are the only two appointed officials from Uganda.

There are two match commissioners, nine referees, eight assistant referees as well as three instructors and assessors.

Ethiopia’s Solomon Gebreyessus and Burundi’s Aimable Habimana are two commissioners.

Ronald Madanda walks to the field of play with the ball alongside Ronald Katenya in a previous match

Referees:

The nine referees include Uganda’s Ronald Madanda, Yannick Malala Kabanga (Democratic Republic of Congo), Thiery Nkurunziza (Burundi), Saddam Houssein (Djibouti), Tsegay Mogos Teklu (Eritrea), Haileyasus Bezezu (Ethiopia), Dickens Mimisa Myangorwa (Kenya), Ring Malong (South Sudan) and Ramadhan Kayoko (Tanzania).

FIFA Referee Ronald Madanda (Credit: John Batanudde)

Assistant Referees

The assistant referees include; Ronald Katenya (Uganda), Thiery Kakunze (Burundi), Rachid Wais (Djibouti), Micahel Gebru Eyobiel (Eritrea), Fasika Biru Yehualashet (Ethiopia), Stephen Yiembe Eliezah (Kenya), and Tanzania’s Kassim Mpanga.

Instructors and Assessors

Djibouti’s Ali Abdo Mohammed is as assessor, Ethiopian Hailemelak Tesema is the fitness instructor as another Ethiopian, Begashew Luleseged is the general coordinator.

The tournament officially kicks off on Sunday, 18th July 2021 with a doubleheader.

Uganda kicks off with a duel against guests Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at 2 PM.

In the second match, hosts Ethiopia takes Eritrea at 4 PM on the same day.

The tournament will wind down on 31st July 2021. This year, the CECAFA challenge cup will be played by players U-23 of age with a provision of three senior players.

Each of the nine participating countries has to pay $ 20,000 participation fees.

Officials:

Match Commissioners:

  • Solomon Gebreyessus (Ethiopia) and Aimable Habimana (Burundi)

Referees:

  • Ronald Madanda (Uganda)
  • Yannick Malala Kabanga (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Thiery Nkurunziza (Burundi)
  • Saddam Houssein (Djibouti)
  • Tsegay Mogos Teklu (Eritrea)
  • Haileyasus Bezezu (Ethiopia)
  • Dickens Mimisa Myangorwa (Kenya)
  • Ring Malong (South Sudan)
  • Ramadhan Kayoko (Tanzania)

Assistant Referees:

  • Ronald Katenya (Uganda)
  • Thiery Kakunze (Burundi)
  • Rachid Wais (Djibouti)
  • Micahel Gebru Eyobiel (Eritrea)
  • Fasika Biru Yehualashet (Ethiopia)
  • Stephen Yiembe Eliezah (Kenya)
  • Tanzania’s Kassim Mpanga

Instructors and Assessors:

  • Assessor: Ali Abdo Mohammed (Djibouti)
  • Fitness Instructor: Hailemelak Tesema (Ethiopia)
  • General Coordinator: Begashew Luleseged (Ethiopia)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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