Former Cranes winger Joseph Kabagambe will this evening lead his El Merreikh Al Fasher side against Rwanda’s Rayon Sport in a play-off for third place in the 2013 Cecafa Kagame Club Championship.
Kabagambe who signed from Kira Young three weeks ago has been an inspiration to the home team and also scored in their quarter final game that they lost to APR on penalties. The curtains will come down at the Al Fasher Stadium, in northern Darfur, Sudan with the finals featuring Vital’O of Burundi and Apr of Rwanda later at 8.30pm..
Besides chasing the total cash prize of US$60,000 to be shared by the top three clubs, three players Amissi Tambwe (Vital’O), Gentil Kambale Salita and Cedric Amisi (Rayon Sport) with five goals each will be vying for the top scorers’ prize.
Top delegations from South Kordofan, Darfur and even the Council of East and Central African Football associations (Cecafa) headed by Leodegar Tenga from Tanzania are all expected to grace the climax.
The Burundian league champions will look to their inspirational skipper Tambwe, Christian Mbirizi and Celestin Habonimana, while APR’s game will rotate around midfielder Andrew Buteera and Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza.
Although two weeks before the 2013 edition some teams from Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Sudan and Kenya pulled out because of fear of insecurity, the tournament has generally been a success. The peace keeping mission in Darfur of UNAMID and the government soldiers have also played a big role to make sure the event has no security issues.
Nicholas Musonye, the Cecafa Secretary General told the media that they are very happy with the hosts in South Kordofan and Darfur.