Darfur To Host CECAFA Club Tourney


malady geneva;”>Another Sudan State, more about South Kordofan, viagra also hopes to host some of the group matches. Cecafa [Council of East and Central African Football Associations] officials lead by the General Secretary Nicholas Musonye are expected to be flown to the City of Kadogly on Tuesday morning to see whether it is a suitable co-host of the 14-club event.

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Musonye, said in Al Fashir City on Sunday, that Darfur was 90% ready to host the event, but for only two of the three groups. Two football stadiums in Al Fashir – Al Nuggaa [capacity 15,000] and Al Fashir [45,000] – were of impressive quality and so were hotel accommodations and transport and.

“But,” Musonye said, “training pitches are a challenge. The hosts will try and make them better by the time of the event.”

The Sudan Football Association [SFA] administration based in Khartoum has given full support to far-flung states hosting international sport for the first time and there is a whole-hearted dedication by the Governor of North Darfur to pull off a sports hosting quite unprecedented.

Governor Osman Mohamed Yousuf Kibir was out of the country but his deputy, Al Fatih Abdulaziz Abdulnadir assured Cecafa of maximum attention to the championship.

A local organizing committee headed by State Minister for Finance and Civil Services, Dr Abdu Daod, briefed Cecafa officials on advanced planning of the tournament.

First impressions about Darfur, a place not open to most of the rest of the world, were of a population that loves sport and football, volleyball and basketball games by ordinary Darfurians and also very present military are played in every corner of Al Fashir.

The enthusiasm and abundant playing space surpasses many other places in East and Central Africa.

Cecafa have sent out invitation to all the 12 affiliates to confirm their participants. Musonye said the confirmed guests were Democratic Republic of Congo team St Eloi Lupopo of Lubumbashi.

Uganda will be represented by 2012 champions Express FC with Young Africans – (defending champions), Simba (Tanzania Mainland), Zanzibar representatives, El Merriekh, Al Hilal (Sudan),Tusker (Kenya), Express (Uganda), APR (Rwanda), Vital’O (Burundi), Ports (Djibouti), Elman (Somalia), South Sudan representative and St George (Ethiopia) while Eritrea have not confirmed an entry.


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