Rwanda head coach Johnny Mckinstry says the CECAFA rule that limits teams to bring along only 20 players is detrimental to football growth in the region.
The CECAFA management opted to go against the allowance given for major tournaments where nations register 23 players and McKinstry feels for the development of football in the region the same has to be adopted by CECAFA.
He says it is very difficult for teams to use 20 players for a two – week tournament where you only get to rest for just a bit over 24 hours and opines that in the end there is too much restrictive use of players and fans do not get the entertainment they deserve.
“I do not think limiting nations to have just 20 players for a two week tournament is the best thing for football and the players. We need teams to be able to enjoy the game and also entertain the fans but with just 20 players people will be more cautious and that will jeopardize their performance and entertainment.
“The tournament organizers should strive to align the tournament with the global and continental showpieces and work with those standards. At the World Cup, CHAN and even AFCON we are allowed to call up 23 players yet those tournaments run for longer. So I think this rule needs to be reconsidered,” he said.