Rwanda, Tanzania Deny Reports On Hosting CECAFA

Previous Cecafa game between Uganda and Kenya

The fate of the 2015 CECAFA Senior and Club Challenge Cups has been left in balance after the federations reported to have been awarded the hosting rights publicly denied the reports.

On Friday, ailment CECAFA general secretary Mr. Nicholas Musonye confided to Futaa, a Kenyan media house that they had come up with the decision to hold the two tournaments in Rwanda (seniors) and Tanzania (clubs) in a meeting held in Nairobi.

“This year’s CECAFA senior challenge will be hosted in Rwanda while CECAFA Kagame Cup will be hosted in by Tanzania. Uganda will in turn host the Under 17 championship,” Musonye reportedly told the media house.

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However, in a turn of events, FERWAFA, the Rwandese FA has come out to strongly refute the claims in a statement on their official website.

“The Rwanda football federation(FERWAFA) is strongly denying media reports’ confirming Rwanda as hosts of the 2015 CECAFA senior challenge in November as it has been reported in several media outlets both local and international, citing or quoting general secretary of CECAFA,” the statement read in part

The President of FERWAFA, Mr.Vincent Nwanzita, also added by refuting claims. He said, “We are refuting any media reports that have linked FERWAFA as an institution confirming to host this tournament and do ask the general public to disregard them and qualify them as total misinformation or utter speculation.”

The Tanzanian body, TFF, was also quoted by IPPmedia saying they were unsure of hosting the annual event popularly known as Kagame cup. “TFF will decide on whether to host the event or not but so far we have the formal request from CECAFA,” the TFF information officer Mr Baraka Kizuguto told the media.

The 2014 senior challenge cup was not held due to lack of interest from member countries for hosting as it comes with a big financial burden while the club cup was held in Rwanda, El Merreikh emerging champions.


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