March 25, 2014

CECAFA Kagame Cup Homeless

Ugandan Joseph Kabagambe who plays for North Darfur side Al Merriekh El Fasher shields the ball from Yasin Ali Igal of Somali side Elman during their Cecafa Kagame Club Cup Group 'A' match at El Fasher Stadium last year.
Ugandan Joseph Kabagambe who plays for North Darfur side Al Merriekh El Fasher shields the ball from Yasin Ali Igal of Somali side Elman during their Cecafa Kagame Club Cup Group ‘A’ match at El Fasher Stadium last year. Member states have shun the 2014 edition.

There are now just 4 months until the 2014 CECAFA Kagame Club Championship gets underway with no known host.

A few months for KCCA FC coach George Best Nsimbe and other neighboring league defending champions to keep their blood pressure—which will surely be trying to rise, day by agonising day—in check.

But the awful news apparently is the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) is yet to gain a host nation for the 2014 that is still partly bankrolled by the Rwanda President, Paul Kagame, and attracts league champions in the CECAFA region and some invited clubs.

Kagame provides $60,000 which is shared among the top three finishing teams in the annual tournament.

Besides the prize money, the President also gives $15,000 for the organisation of the tournament.

Nicholas Musonye, the CECAFA Secretary General, told reporters this morning that they are yet to get a host.

“We are working around to see that we get a host nation. We are speaking to some nations like Rwanda and Sudan to host the event,” said Musonye.

He also revealed that they have decided to move the regional event from June to August because of the World Cup that will take place in Brazil.

“We had wanted to have the event around April, but some clubs are still busy with the Champions League and Confederations Cup and therefore August is the best option,” he said.

According to football commentators here in Kampala, hosting the Kagame Cup is simply hosting a party for players and officials all over the region with some from the Horn of Africa effecting disappearing acts. But there should still be money invested outside of that purpose which most cash stripped FAs don’t what to be burdened.

Predictably, no one is ready to host the tournament. Everywhere, people are cottoning on to the fact that hosting it doesn’t add much to nation anymore.

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