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Djamal Mwiseneza (right) of Rwanda's Rayon Sport holds out against Uganda Revenue Authority during their Cecafa Kagame Club Cup quarter final match at the El Nuggaa Stadium, El Fasher on Thursday. Rayon won 3-2

Damour Nkurunziza (right) of Burundi side Vital 'O shoots against Ports of Djibouti during their Cecafa Kagame Club Cup quarter final match at El Nuggaa Stadium, El Fasher on Thurday. Vital'O won 6-0

 

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Cecafa Press Release- 2/7/2013

The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (cecafa) withstood and countered negative campaign to successfully stage the 39th Kagame Cup club championship in Sudan. North Darfur and South Kordofan described as "dangerous areas" were chosen by CECAFA to host the oldest club championship in Africa that saw teams pull out citing security concerns, while others followed on political grounds. But the CECAFA leadership led by General Secretary Nicholas Musonye stood their ground and countered all the negative campaign to throw one of the most exciting and successful competitions in the the zone. Two days before the start of the competition on june 18th, there were reports that Kadugli, the South Kordofan City which hosted the colourful opening ceremony was under rebel siege. But CECAFA in their gusto hired a special flight from Khartoum and landed their with three teams on board. After the colourful opening ceremony, the remaining eight teams were flown to El Fasher in North Darfur which hosted most of the matches that eventually concluded on a high scale note on Monday night. "I cannot be claim to be a leader if I cannot take responsibilities and risks. I still maintain that I took the decision to play CECAFA in North Darfur and South Kordofan in good faith. People have said many things regarding this decision, But Idont care because I was doing it for the good of CECAFA and the people of Sudan," Musonye told cecafa News after an exciting cup final and closing ceremony in El Fasher on Monday night. The flawless event was a huge challenge to the CECAFA Secretary General because North Darfur and South Kordofan are hot spots in Sudan and had things gone wrong, the damage to cecafa would have been massive and definitely narrowed down to Musonye. Two teams from Tanzania - defending champions Yanga and Simba were forced out by their Government who claimed tha there was no security in North Darfur. This also saw Zanzibar team prevailed upon to skip the event despite having already arrived in Nairobi enroute to Khartoum. Then Tusker of Kenya claimed that they had been advised that they needed "bullet proof jackets" to walk around in Darfur, all claims Musonye dismissed as cheap and non sporting. On Monday, El Fasher, the ancient city in North Darfur saw the dramatic end to a tournament that united most of Sudan. It brought together eight Governors, several cabinet ministers from Khartoum, while President Paul Kagame cup, the CECAFA patron was represented by Minister of Sports and Youth Protais Mitali. "Am glad this event has ended without any shelling as some prophets of doom had wanted," the Secretary General told the press on monday night. Vitalo of Burundi made history on the colourful night when they beat favourites APR of Rwanda 2-0 to claim their first ever CECAFA title. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
"CECAFA Tournaments are a means of using Sport in general and football in particular to promote peace in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa.– Secretary General"- Nicholas Musonye
"CECAFA tournaments attract a very wide following across East and central Africa becoming one of the successful soccer body" ,Media Correspondent

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