Cecafa Kagame Cup draws for Friday
THE COUNCIL for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) holds the draw for the 2014 Kagame Cup for Friday with Rwandan hopefuls Rayon Sports and APR waiting to learn their groups.
The draw for the 40th edition of the regional championship will be held at Rwanda Football Federation headquarters in Remera, Kigali City.
Thirteen clubs from East and Central Africa will converge in Kigali to participate in the two-week contest set for August 9-24 in which the world will be watching keenly.
The Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye alongside Supersport and Ferwafa officials are set to visit the hosting venues namely Amahoro and Kigali Regional stadium today morning.
Speaking to Times Sport yesterday, Musonye said, “We are going to have the draws tomorrow (today), we expect a total of thirteen clubs that have confirmed their participation.”
“This year, there will be no guest team because we are even overwhelmed by the number of entrants (13 teams) and if we are to include a guest team, it would make it 14 (teams) and this would complicate our calculations,” he explained.
The tournament has attracted league winners from 10 member countries and two clubs from hosts Rwanda and Burundi. Burundi’s Vital’O are the defending champions after they beat APR FC in the final hosted in Darfur last year.
The teams confirmed for the event include Rayon Sports and APR, Yanga (Tanzania Mainland), Al-Merrikh SC (Sudan), Gor Mahia (Kenya), KCCA (Uganda), Vital’O and Flambeau de l’est (Burundi), Telecom (Djibouti), Benadir (Somalia) and KMKM [Zanzibar], Dedebit (Ethiopia) and Atelbar [South Sudan].
Meanwhile, South Africa-based multinational broadcaster SuperSport, which signed a four-year sponsorship pact recently, will air Kagame Cecafa Cup draw ceremony.
President Paul Kagame has sponsored the regional club championship to a tune of US$60,000 into cash prize annually since 2002. A further $15,000 has also been put into the organization of the event.