June 21, 2019

Clubs Doing Nothing To Improve Football In Region – CECAFA Chief

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Azam-FC won the 2018 Cecafa Kagame Cup. The 2019 edition opens on July 9 until 21., with the winner taking home $30,000

The head of a regional soccer governing body Nicholas Musonye is clearly not a happy man, and is not shying away from displaying his anger.

The Secretary General of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) today told off major league teams, accusing them of doing “zero” for regional football.

Singling out Tanzanian clubs for the harshest criticism, Musonye repeated his stance from last week.

He said the clubs were behaving as though the responsibility over the game rests with CECAFA alone.

The governing body is facing heavy scrutiny amid low morale from clubs to take part in the annual Kagame Cup. The 2019 edition opens on July 9 until 21.

“It’s about the federations and clubs to develop the sport in their respective nations, our task is to coordinate them,” said the Secretary-General.

Newly crowned Tanzania Premier League champions Simba SC and Yang FC opted out of the tournament to concentrate on pre-season training ahead of the 2019/20120 season.

The club said in its statement last week, “Simba SC would like to inform stakeholders as well as our fans that the club will not be participating in the upcoming CECAFA Kagame Cup.”

Musonye said that the Kagame Cup tournament will be played as planned despite the exit of two Tanzania teams.

“Yanga is a very useless team and we will not miss them,” he said adding, “they never participated in the last tournament and remember they are not the champions of Tanzania. We will not miss them. Let them go,”

“No wonder when they play in Caf tournament, they (Yanga FC) always lose 5-0 or even 6-0, we are not bothered,“ he continued in Kiswahili.

Nicholas Musonye, the Secretary General of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA)

Mensonye insisted that Cecafa has already rejected other teams from Tanzania since they have several clubs from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo that have stepped in to replace the two.

“The tournament will not stop because Yanga and Simba, and already we have 16 clubs this is the first biggest regional club tournament in history ever to be organized,” he said.

He expressed his gratitude to Rwanda’s football body FERWAFA and President paul Kagame for the commitment to sponsor the tournament.

“Thanks, Rwanda and its President for the effort, support, environment, and commitment to organize this tournament through its people for a purpose. DR Cong teams will be here because of President Paul Kagame whose intention is to unify the regional countries through football despite the on-going issues,” he said.

Meanwhile, the draws for the games were released on Friday. The fixtures will be out by Monday.

In Group A, Rayon Sports is placed in the same pool with TP Mazemba, Atlabara (S.Sudan), KMC (Tanzania) will play in Kigali.

Group B: Azam holders, TZ), Mukura VS(RWA), Bandari (KEN), KCCA (UG) will play in Huye district.

Group C: APR FC (RWA), Green Buffaloes (ZAM), Proline (UG), Heegan (SOM) will play in Kigali.

Group D: Gor Mahia (KEN), DC Motemba Pembe (DRC), KMKM (ZAM), and AS Ports( DJI) to play in Rubavu.

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