Let’s start with your evaluation of Eritrea’s preparations to host CECAFA?
It was one of the most successful tournaments held in recent years. I really want to express my appreciation of the way the preparations were made. The opening ceremony was fantastic. The artistic shows that highlighted the Eritrean diversity were amazing. The excellent organization prepared by a young nation such as Eritrea was beyond our expectations. It is an indication that this country is capable of hosting big tournaments providing some facilities in the near future.
When I came for inspection in June, I noted that Eritrea would indeed present something good. The opening ceremony was the best ceremony I have seen which is in par with the opening ceremony in South Africa for the World Cup. In general, I would say that this was the best organized competition. From the opening ceremony throughout the matches until the last date we had very good organization. The final game between Eritrea and Uganda was simply fantastic.
How about the technical ability of the players?
Yes, the game exhibited by all the players was so impressive. I think we are showing improvement in our members of CECAFA teams in terms of technical ability. I really want to express my appreciation of the way the national teams prepared themselves for this competition.
What is your impression of this country in general?
What experience can be gleaned from the way Eritrea has hosted the game?
We can recommend that Eritrea has the ability to host similar upcoming games in the African Cup of nations under 17. Eritrea had the capacity to host it once some facilities are put in place. Other members of CECAFA could also learn from Eritrea’s excellent organization.
Anything you would like to add?
The tournament in Eritrea especially has promoted friendship among us. It was an excellent opportunity to extend our friendship and also the participations were able to know and understand Eritrean.