A total of 219 teams have registered for the much-anticipated 2023 edition of the Ligi Ndogo East Africa tournament set to take place on August 17th and 18th, transforming the Nairobi Polo Club into a battleground of budding football stars.
Preparations are in full swing as the stage is set for this age group tournament that will see teams converge for a two-day football spectacle from 10 countries including Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
The tournament which will be played in a seven-a-side format will see diverse age categories featured in the regional youth tournament, with young athletes spanning Under 7, Under 9, Under 11, and Under 13 age groups.
Kenya,host of this year’s tournament is expected to welcome over 1000 young football prodigies from the East African region.
The tournament director Chris Amimo while reflecting on the staggering record-breaking number of entries acknowledged that this surge in participation underscores the tournament’s escalating reputation and significance.
“This tournament will serve as an unparalleled platform for these nascent talents to showcase their prowess and refine their abilities. My dedication to providing opportunities for young players extends beyond this event, as Ligi Ndogo is resolutely committed to propelling young athletes into the realm of countrywide tournaments, international cups, and enriching tours.I call upon fans to turn up in large numbers and exuberantly support these young aspirants.” he said
The Ligi Ndogo East African Cup, initiated by the Ligi Ndogo Soccer Club Fraternity in 2008, holds a special place in the hearts of football enthusiasts across the region.
A celebration of August every year, the tournament is a platform to raise awareness about pertinent issues affecting football development among children and youth in the East African landscape.
Each year, a pertinent theme is chosen, reflecting the concerns and aspirations of the region’s young population.