Tanzania thrash Sudan 3-1 in U20 qualifiers

Tanzania (Ngorongoro Heroes) has made a good start for the journey to Algeria 2013 finals for 18th Africa U20 Championship after beating Sudan 3-1 in a first leg match of the first round played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

It took the home side 15 minutes to announce a warm welcome to visitors when Democratic Republic of Congo’s TP Mazembe striker scored with a long range.

Five minutes later Ramadhan Singano made it 2-0 in a well officiated match by Ugandan referee Brian Miiro. Two nil behind did not seem to bother Sudanese who keep on with their short passes play style.

Striker Simon Msuva registered the third goal in the 66th minute. He headed home a well calculated cross from the right flank taken by overlapping defender Hassan Ramadhan.

Sudanese managed to reduce the margin five minutes to the final whistle when substitute Sharafeldin Shaiboub scored through a head ball. Referee flashed four yellow cards for misconduct- two for each side.

A return leg will be played in Khartoum in two weeks time to decide which team proceeds to the second round.





The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) is deeply saddened by the death of the Chairman of Somalia FA (SFA) and the Chairman of Somalia Olympic committee (SOC) in a suicide attack in Mogadishu Wednesday morning.

Said Mohammed Nor Chairman of SFA and Adan Yabarow (SOC) were killed during a national function in Mogadishu where two other Goverment officials died and several other people were injured.

CECAFA takes this opportunity to pass their condeolences to the people of Somalia and the entire football and sports family for the tragic loss.

Nor was a very humble and dedicated member of CECAFA family and his death is a big blow to Somalia and the entire region.

We have said many times that Somalia needs peace and we believe the death of the two officials will not derail the peace initiative in Somalia. We are really saddened by this tragic loss of lives. May God save Somalia.






Djibouti FA gives generous donation to breakaway Somaliland

As part of its assistance to Somalia the Djibouti Football Federation has donated different kinds of football equipment to the football committee in the breakaway Somali region of Somaliland at the sidelines of the Somali refereeing course conclusion ceremony on Sunday.

Djibouti FA president Mr. Hussein Fadoul Dabar has presented the equipment to Ahmed Mohamed Sheik who leads the football committee in the breakaway Somali region in a bid to help them develop football there.

“We have nothing to do with politics and Somalis are our brothers everywhere so we are playing our role to help them, and that is why we are giving this equipment today to the football committee in Somaliland” President Fadoul said as he was presenting shipments of football equipment to Ahmed Mohamed Sheik, the boss of football committee in the region.

“Our father, the president of the republic of Djibouti has taught us to help our Somali brothers—as you all know president Ismail Omar Guelleh spends most of his time and energy in looking for a lasting peace to Somalia and following behind his footsteps we must take our turn to help the promotion of football in all regions in that country” the president noted.

For his part the chairman of football committee in Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Sheik thanked Djibouti FA for its assistance in terms of football promotion in Somaliland. “Djibouti was always helping us and this is what we have been expecting from such brother nation” he emphasized.

He also said his committee was very grateful to Somali Football Federation for its efforts in boosting football knowledge in his region. “Now we have some referees from Somaliland who were trained here for the past week—they have learnt more and I am sure this will sweeten our competitions in Somaliland” Ahmed added.


CAF announces qualification system for 2013

Africa Cup of Nations

The Confederation of African Football on evening Thursday announced the seeding system for the final round of qualifying for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

In a communication signed by the CAF secretary general Hicham El Amrani, said a total 28 teams were taking part in the second round of the preliminaries after the first leg ties were played in February and the return legs will be played in June.

“Fourteen teams will qualify for the second round and will join the sixteen that took part in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations for the third and final round of the qualification. Hosts South Africa are the only nation that have gained automatic qualification.

The Black Stars of Ghana and 15 other finalists from the 2012 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon have all been given byes to the final round. Joining them there will be the 14 winners of the second round ties.

The thirty (30) teams will be divided into two pots (pot 1 and pot 2) and each pot will be comprised of 15 teams. A team from pot 1 will play against at team from pot 2 following a draw. As usual, CAF’s ranking of the nation teams will be used to determine the teams that will go to pot 1 and those that will go to pot 2. The classification will be based on the performance of the teams in the last three editions of the African Cup of Nations.

Basing on the performances in the last three Nation Cup events, the classification system would Cup holders Zambia top with 26 points, Ghana and Cote d’ Ivoire at 22 and Egypt with 21 points.

Female coach wins Djibouti League


With women’s football in Djibouti developing a female coach has won the country’s division one championship after her AS Port club humiliated its Apejas rivals by 14-1 over the weekend.


Although the last two matches of the championship are to be played on Monday next week, the club’s female coach Fadumo Musse Dirie told a post match press conference on Friday that she had realized winning the trophy.


“I am three points a head the team next to me (Tadjourah) which played all its 18 matches so i won the trophy with 39 points” the female coach told the media after her big success on Friday evening.


The 30 year old women who has been serving as a coach for the past ten years is respected as Djibouti’s first ever female coach who leads a strong division A club in the football history of the east African country.


While talking about women’s football growth in the country Fadumo said that although the women’s football tournament hasn’t been for the past season then he believes that football in the country has grown enough in comparison with how it was 6 years ago.


“Our football federation gives much priority to women’s football and in every year we have two competitions for school girls— At least 20 schools have taken part in the last school girls’ football tournament early this year and it was really a very interesting competition” said the female coach who also teaches football at one of the schools in the city of Djibouti.


“I was the only girl out of 8 children born by my mother, so I grew up with boys and it is same to me if a coach either women or boys” she replied when asked if she had felt shy in her early days of being a coach for boys. 


Did You Know ?

The CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup is the oldest football tournament in Africa. It is a tournament of FIFA and the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), and includes national teams from Central and East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zanzibar, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and Djibouti)

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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

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