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Sudan: APR Vs El-Merreikh in their last group stage match. Both clubs have qualified for the quarter finals. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

The quarterfinals of the Kagame Cup championship kicks off today. In action today will be Rwanda’s APR who are scheduled to meet Uganda’s Express at the El Fasher stadium in Darfur.
The match will be followed with another one between Al Ahly Shandy against El Mereikh El Fasher.

Winners of today’s matches are lined up for the first seminal tie to be played at the same venue on Friday.

Two other quarterfinal pairings are scheduled to be played tomorrow as Burundi’s Vital'’O will play Djibouti’s Ports.

Ports are featuring at the quarterfinal stage after more than five years.
The other match to conclude the quarterfinal fixture will be between Rwanda champs Rayon Sports and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA). Winners of the tomorrow’s quarterfinals will meet in the second semi-final.

Teams that have been eliminated after the preliminary round of the tournament include hosts Al Hilal Kadugli, Somalia’s Elman and invitee Electric Sports from Sudan’s border neighbour Chad.

The final will be played on Sunday as new winner of the championship will be eligible to take home a staggering
$30,000, while losing finalists have $20,000 to take home. Third placed finisher has $10,000 to rejoice.

The regional club championship has been enjoying a steady-flow sponsorship from Rwanda president Paul Kagame who has been pouring in a colossal $60,000 on annual basis to the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) since 2002.

Cecafa’s secretary general Nicholas Musonye said the tournament has been going on as scheduled.

He said Darfur has been safe and serene ever since the tournament kicked off which is in contrast with an earlier perception of the war-ravaged province.
Young Africans and Simba, who share eleven titles between themselves, opted to pullout of the tournament following security fears.

The two teams withdrew from the event and by the time the Tanzania Government secured an assurance from their Sudanese counterpart with regard to security for the players and officials of the teams, it was too late as Cecafa hade already invited other teams to fill the gaps.

Other teams that opted not to travel to Darfur to compete in the championship include Kenya’s Tusker FC.

Yanga, which won the title in back-to-back fashion in Dar es Salaam during the two previous editions, were compelled to surrender the title after the pullout move.


 

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 05:35
 

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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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