GOtv Speak Out On CECAFA Detentions


cheapest geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In an exclusive interview with Tina Wamala, the Public Relations Officer Multichoice Uganda, Chimpreports gathered that as sponsors, Gotv did everything necessary but the shortcomings experienced largely lie on the side of the Kenyan football association and the organising committee.

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Wamala regretted the occurrence of logistical problems which led to the delay of both the third playoffs and the final match whereby the teams were held at the hotel premises and monitored not to go anywhere until the local organising committee settled the bills.

“This is quite regrettable but it should be noted that as sponsors, we don’t deal with the logistics and final details of payments of suppliers and teams but ours is to make sure that we have injected money, which we did and even made sure that the tournament runs as smoothly as possible. It is upon the Football Association in the host country to handle such problems,” she explained.

Uganda Cranes was in that light held for hours in Milele hotel and once again delayed at Kenyatta international airport as they prepared for their semi final game with Tanzania.

Demoralised and disappointed, the Cranes lost the game in penalty shoot outs.

Next was the Sudan team which was too detained in a hotel only minutes towards their final game with hosts Kenya and they automatically lost it.

The players have confirmed that they lost the game because they were demoralised by the whole organisation.

In the same saga, two referees; Mutaz Khairalah (Sudan) and Simba Hanore (Rwanda) were detained for the same reasons yet they had to officiate the game between Tanzania and Zambia.

As such Harambe Stars emerged victorious after defeating Sudan with a 2-0 win, all goals having been scored by the team skipper, Allan Wanga, giving the country a regional trophy for the first time since 2002.

Critics have already aired out their views claiming that the whole CECAFA tournamnet was premeditated and pre-planned to go the way it went so that Kenya could add the trophy to the list of items on their independence celebrations agenda.

On a light note, Wamala congratulated the Kenyan National Football Team (KNFT) upon their victory.

“The KNFT’s victory was timely as the country was celebrating the 50th independence, the only gift that the team had to offer to its citizens to crown the independence celebrations colourfully,” she put.

She then added: “Kenya’s victory shouldn’t be a shock to everyone because the team is highly respected in the region, has all the resources and talented players hence accruing to the victory they achieved.”


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