Tusker pulls out as concern creeps in over CECAFA hosting

By elvince joshua
Jun 06, 2013
  • Tusker FC players walk out of the pitch after a past game.(Photo:SNA File)

Kenya’s representatives to this year’s Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Association CECAFA Kagame Cup scheduled for South Sudan, Tusker FC have withdrawn from the tournament for security reasons.

Tusker announced their withdrawal Thursday and comes hot on the heels after defending champions Yanga FC from Tanzania also expressed doubts over their participation.

CECAFA secretary general Nicholas is adamant the tournament will go ahead as planned as the  Association has been assured of the teams security during the tournament.

“The tournament will go on as planned. We’re in talk with the Sudanese government and they’ve put all measures in place to make sure that the security of players and fans are catered for,” Musonye maintained.

The tournament will be held in in South Sudan that seceded from the north last year and the security of Africa’s youngest state has been wanting.

Charles Obiny, the Tusker FC Director confirmed the team’s withdrawal Thursday in a communiqué to the Football Kenya Federation, FKF.

Last month, The Sudanese Football FA, secretary general, Magdi Shams Eldin had promised enhanced security but its clear that the clubs are not convinced with the arrangements in place.

FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya also threw his weight behind the security concerns in Sudan urging CECAFA to look for alternative venues.

"We cannot allow our representatives’ to play in an region considered unsafe ,and its up to CECAFA to look for alternative venues conducive to all clubs," challenged Nyamweya.