Cecafa Club Championships To Be Played In Sudan

The Secretary General of the Council of East and Central Football Association (Cecafa) has finally confirmed that the regional Kagame Club Championships will take place in June.

CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye
CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye

Nicholas Musonye told the media on phone from Nairobi that they have switched the tournament from Ethiopia and said he will explain all the developments during the launch in Khartoum this weekend or early next week.

Last week Cecafa confirmed that the tournament that attracts league winners in the 12 member nations in the region would take place in the later part of June after two games of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers have been played.

Cecafa had also failed to announce who would host the event after Ethiopia who had requested to host reportedly failed to get local sponsors.

Tanzania’s Young Africans are the defending champions after winning the title in 2012 when they beat local rivals Azam FC in the final in Dar es Salaam.

Since 2001, Rwandan President Paul Kagame has been sponsoring the tournament to a tune of 60,000 US dollars in prize money.

Sudan’s top sides El Merriekh and El Hilal, who bowed out of the CAF Champions League last month, are expected to challenge for silverware. Rwanda will send army side APR FC, while Simba FC will represent Tanzania.

The other nations expected to send teams include; Kenya, Zanzibar, Burundi, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti. For Uganda, champions Express FC or URA FC will represent the country.

FUFA Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson said Express will have the first priority, but if they fail then URA will drafted in.

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