NAIROBI, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Eritrea will return to the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) competitions after six years' suspension by hosting the region's Under-15 tournament, which will start on Aug. 17 to Sept. 1 in Asmara.
CECAFA secretary general Nicholas Musonye, speaking in Nairobi on Friday, said the council has agreed in principal to lift the ban on the tiny eastern Africa team and will compete in the regional competitions for the first time since 2015.
"It is great news to announce that Eritrea confirmed their readiness to host CECAFA, and acknowledged the importance of the tournament to the people of Eritrea, and the whole region," said Musonye.
In 2015, Eritrea was banned after it failed to honor the regional tournament, which was hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia over political differences.
Eritrea last hosted a CECAFA tournament in 2010, the Under-20 Challenge Cup. The new tournament, to be sponsored by the "FIFA Forward Programme" initiative, will be the first under-15 competition to be staged in Africa.