Cecafa picks Kigali as Kagame Cup hosts
THE Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (Cecafa) has confirmed Rwanda as hosts of the 2014 edition of the Cecafa/Kagame Club Cup Championship slated for August.
The Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye said on Wednesday fom Nairobi, Kenya that Rwanda will stage the biggest zonal club cup competition in August where champion clubs from all the zonal football associations are expected to take part.
“The President of Rwanda Paul Kagame has already honoured his pledge of $60,000 prize money. Cecafa and Rwanda FA are finalizing sponsorship package that will cater for all the expenses for teams and all delegations,” added Musonye.
Ferwafa vice president Veduste Kayiranga said on Thursday, “We want the tournament to be hosted in Rwanda. We want to convince the Ministry of Sports and Culture to help finance the tournament,”
Defending league champions Rayon sports who won the title in 1998 will represent Rwanda at the competition.
Burundi’s Vital’O are the defending champions after winning the trophy last year.
APR is the only Rwandan side to have won the competition three times in 2004, 2007 and 2010.
President Paul Kagame has sponsored the regional club championship to a tune of US$60,000 annually since 2002.
Cecafa and South African Multi-national broadcaster SuperSport have signed a four year agreement that will run from 2014 to 2017.
Musonye has revealed that both parties have entered a four-year sponsorship deal which will see SuperSport being broadcasting Rights Holder of both Cecafa Challenge Cup and Kagame Cup respectively.
Cecafa Nile Basin Cup Winners Cup
Musonye also added that in an effort to expand club competition in the region, Cecafa have launched the Cecafa Nile Basin Cup Winners Cup that will be contested by winners of cup competitions in the region.
The inaugural tournament is slated for Sudan from May 20 to June 5. Cecafa and Sudan FA have secured full sponsorship that will cover air tickets for teams and delegations, accommodation, local transport and prize money.
For Rwanda, AS Kigali being Peace Cup holders will take part in the tournament though the Ferwafa is yet to confirm the club’s confirmation following their current engagements in this year’s Peace Cup competition, which has reached the quarter-finals stage.
The first Nile Basin Cup Winners’ Cup tournament will have teams from the Cecafa region plus the Democratic Republic of Congo, while Egypt has been offered the chance to nominate clubs to take part.