SFA and Sudan Govt given CECAFA hosting go-ahead

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
May 02, 2013
  • The mascot of the 2013 Cecafa Kagame Club Cup soccer tournament which will will be held in Al Fashir City [North Darfur0 and Kadguli [South Kordofan] between June 18 and July 2.

The Sudan Government and its football association said on Wednesday it supported and were excited about an international soccer tournament being held in the unusual frontiers of North Darfur and South Kordofan states.

Federal Minister of Youth and Sport, Sidique Mohamed Tom and Sudan Football Association President Dr Mutazim Jaffar, said hosting a two-week Cecafa(Council of East and Central African Football Associations)Kagame Club Cup competition in Al Fashir City (North Darfur) and Kadugli (South Kordofan) was unprecedented but it was a deliberate effort to use sport as a unifier in states that had seen long periods of war and lack of peace.

A Cecafa inspection team was making its conclusions as to whether the Darfur and Kordofan were capable of hosting the Kagame Cup in Sudan between June 18 and July 2.

The SFA and the Sudan government got the assurance that the tournament will indeed take place and were told that another Cecafa team, including affiliate member delegates, would visit the venues in three weeks’ time to make sure all final preparations were in place.

Dr Jaffar said SFA was firmly behind their affiliate football associations in North Darfur and South Kordofan in their efforts to improve football facilities such as stadiums. Cecafa approved two stadiums in Al Fashir City ready for the tournament and the council’s secretary general, Nicholas Musonye, said a 25,000 stadium yet to be completed in Kadugli was a showcase which federal governments in Africa should emulate in devolving the development of infrastructure to all corners of their countries.

The Sudan sports minister said that from Khartoum, there was a new focus of taking all-round support to areas outside the capital that held large sporting potential.

North Darfur Governor Osman Mohamed Yousif Kibir travelled from Al Fashir City for the function and said that after many years of war in Darfur(2003-2008) peace had returned to his region in recent years.

Governor Kebir said the more endowed North Darfur was ready to assist South Kordofan to put finishing touches to their facilities in time for the Kagame Cup.

“We shall all unite, together with the federal government and SFA to make sure we are all ready for the football.” Another Sudanese Premier League team, Al Ahly of the city of Shandy in the River Nile State was included in the competition.

Musonye said that this will necessitate the group playing in Kadugli to have five teams.

The final draw will be announced after the forthcoming Cecafa delegation visit, Musonye said.

The participating teams:1. Al Ahly Shandy (Sudan) 2. Al Hilal (Sudan) 3. APR (Rwanda) 4. Elman (Somalia) 5. El Merriekh (Sudan) 6. El Nasr (South Sudan) 7. Express (Uganda) 8. Ports (Djibouti) 9. Simba (Tanzania Mainland) 10. Super Falcons (Zanzibar) 11. Tusker (Kenya) 12. Vital’O (Burundi) 13. Young Africans (Tanzania Mainland) – Defending champs