The 2013 Cecafa Kagame Club Championship will take place in the Sudan states of Durfur and South Kordofan June 18 to July 2.
Kenyan champions Tusker FC and two Tanzanian sides Simba and Young Africans indicated last week that they had pulled out because of security concerns in the states that will host the tournament.
Nicholas Musonye, the Cecafa Secretary General, told Redpepper this afternoon that they have invited other teams because they tried to convince the three teams that pulled out that security in Sudan was fine and they refused to believe.
He said some changes are going to be made in the groupings when the Cecafa members and hosts Sudan Football Federation meet in Khartoum this weekend. Young Africans will have no chance to defend their trophy.
The championship which is partly sponsored by the Rwanda President Paul Kagame will now feature; Al Ahly Shandi (Sudan), Al Nasir (South Sudan), Al-Hilal Kadugli (Sudan), Express FC (Uganda), URA FC (Uganda), Ports FC (Djibouti), Vital’O (Burundi), Merriekh El Fasher (Sudan), APR (Rwanda), Elman (Somalia), Rayon Sport (Rwanda) and Elect Sport (Chad).