Uganda claim Cecafa crown again with win over Rwanda

Uganda have won the Cecafa Cup, the regional tournament for east and central Africa, for the 12th time.

But the Cranes needed penalties to beat Rwanda on Saturday after coming from behind to level the match at 2-2.

It was a hugely entertaining game, much like the feeling you'd experience winning at new casinos, which came to life in the second half.

Uganda cranes Celebrate after winning the 2011 Cecafa Championship

All four goals came in the second period , with Rwanda taking the lead twice, only to be denied at the last by an own goal from one of their most prolific scorers.

Rwanda went in front through Meddie Kagere but that goal was cancelled out by Uganda skipper Andy Mwesigwa, who scrambled it home after a goal-mouth melee.

Kagere got his second shortly after that with a stunning shot, but as the Amavubi tried to defend their lead his compatriot Olivier Karekezi headed an own-goal as he tried to clear.

Uganda coach Bobby Williamson was full of praise for his team.

"Hard work, perserverance - the boys dug deep," he told the BBC when asked how they had achieved their success.

"We've had a hard tournament, especially the last few games, playing for two hours on Thursday and two hours today [but] we've pleased our fans and that's the most important thing.

"It's great, we're a good team and we show how we can play - it's not easy, we've been here a long time.

I've got to thank [the players] for their dedication and their professionalism, it's not easy I can tell you."

APR banking on Brazilians to eliminate Tusker FC

Orange African Champions League

1st round (Feb 17)

Tusker vs APR

Twelve-time league champion APR will heavily rely on new recruits who are comprised of Brazilians to evict Tusker Fc out of the preliminary round of the Orange Champions league this year.

The military side has heavily recruited two Brazilian strikers Douglas Lopes Carneiro and Diego Oliveira Alves and defender Alex de Avila Peixoto in their bid of seeing off Tusker as well as staging a good show in this year’s edition.

Other new recruits that will spearhead APR’s quest for this year’s Champions league edition include; Preux Leonel Saint Thailand’s Rattan Bundit Fc, Habib Kavuma from Uganda’s Bunamwaya, Olivier Karekezi from Sweden’s Osters IF, Faty Papy from Turkey’s Transpor, Ndikumana Selemani and Dan Wagaluka.

Dutch coach Ernie Brandts is optimistic that his side can roll over Tusker. “I can guarantee that i have a strong squad this year and we are ready to face Tusker,”

“i have a variety of players drawn from Brazil and Thailand with vat experience and we hope to build on their experience and talent to reach far in this competition,”

“Tusker has tall and physical players but we will be ready for whatever they throw at us. We’ll look at every detail from their previous matches as we prepare ourselves for what will be a tough encounter.” added Brandts who wants to atleast help APR reach the group stage of this year’s champions league.

Tusker hosts the Rwandese side APR on February 18 in the first leg of their preliminary round of the CAF Champions League in Nairobi with the return fixture a fortnight later in Kigali.

The aggregate winners of the tie will face the acid test of Tunisian giants Etoile Sahel on the weekends of March 23 and 25 as well as April 6 and 8 in the competition’s first round.

APR has managed to nine previous forays in the continental showpiece club competition with a third round appearance in the 2004 season marking their furthest progression in the tournament where the champions earn $1 million (Rwf 595m) as well as an appearance at the FIFA Club World Cup.

Last season, APR crashed out in the first round after losing to Tunisia’s Club Africain (2-6) on aggregates.

The previous year, DRC’s TP Mazembe ejected the army side in the second round of the competition.

APR’s full squad for 2012 Champions league: Jean Luc Ndayishimiye, Habib Kavuma, Jean Bosco Ndaboyisibo, Donatien Tuyisenge, Alex de Avila Peixoto, Ernest Kwizera, Jean Mugiraneza, Papy Faty, Saint Preux Leonel, Dan Wagaluka, Johnson Bagoole, Olivier Karekezi, Kipson Atuhiere, Ismail Nshutiyamagara, Logbo Sery Didier Landry, Mbuyu Twite, Ndikumana Selemani, Jean Claude Ndoli, Ngoma Heriman, Jean Claude Iranzi, Kabange Twite, Diego Oliveiro Alves, Douglas Lopes Carneiro and Ramazan Nkuzingoma.

On Uganda Goal project

FIFA development officer Mr. Ashford Mamelodi in Uganda in October 2011 when he met the USL officials who still went ahead to defy his advice. Extreme right is the FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa.

Djibouti FA trains over 40 future referees

The president of Djibouti Football Federation Mr. Hussein Fadoul Dabar has successfully concluded the first phase of a training course for new football referees in Djibouti where football development activities have been successively under sway for the past several years.

A colorful ceremony to mark on the conclusion of the course was held at Djibouti football Federation technical centre where high level sporting dignitaries including National Olympic committee Saeed Ali Hussein, Djibouti FA president Hussein Fadoul Dabar and his secretary General Ali Kamil Ali addressed the newly trained soccer referees.

The Djibouti Olympic committee secretary General Saeed Ali Hussein told the closing ceremony that football in his country has in the past stepped into a higher development adding that his National Olympic committee was fully admired at the job by president Hussein Fadoul and members of his federation.

“In a bid to increase the quality and quantity of football referees in Djibouti we organize such course for new referees once in every two years and that is because we want to have a large number  of talented football referees in the years to come” Football Federation secretary General Ali Kamil Ali told the closing ceremony.

The course was conducted by national course director for referees Souleiman Hassan Waberi assisted by physical education instructor Mohamed Hussein Ali and Hassan Moussa Rirache who is also the chairman of Djibouti Football Federation   referees committee

“We are giving the first priority to the organization of such courses, because referees are the judges of football and without them it will be difficult to do a real football, so we have preferred to continue holding such courses and we will go on this way”  national course director for referees Souleiman Hassan Waberi told the closing ceremony.Mr. Souleiman added that 41 future referees have benefited from the lasted course.

President Hussein Fadoul who inaugurated the conclusion of the course congratulated the new referees on successfully ending their course urging them to continue their education in football laws of the game until they have reached their target.

“Now you are football referees and I say to you welcome to our football family, but a long way is ahead of you so we want you to redouble your efforts to win in your ambition” President Hussein Fadoul told the new faces praising them for their hard work during the course.

By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar

Somali Football Federation Chief Media officer

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)

Learn more



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

Other CECAFA partnered projects ..

November, 2011

CECAFA which also has programmes on HIV Aids, campaign Against Malaria, Friendship and Development have partnered with IOC before when they jointly organised Sports for Health seminar in Dar, Tanzania two years ago...Read more

Learn more

Sign up for updates and newsletters