Darfur to stage 2013 CECAFA club championship


The Ethiopian Football Federation passed on the request to host the  2013 CECAFA club championship. Therefore organizers have decided to move the event to the Darfur region in Western Sudan. A side from the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its participation  while Eritrea is yet to confirm its appearance in the tournament.  The Ethiopian Football Federation’s sudden change of mind to host the event that will be bringing  together twelve sides including two from Ethiopia has come as a surprise to many. Months earlier, the federation had mentioned that  it was working  hard  to convince CECAFA to give it the opportunity to host the  championship in Addis Ababa. According to CECAFA secretary General Nicholas Musonye, the chance to host the  tournament was passed on to Darfur  because Ethiopia is not ready to  stage the event.
With the Secretary General in Darfur inspecting the facilities in the region, it is stated that things appeared to be under control setting the tournament kick off  for June this year. Darfur is 90 percent ready to stage the event and its two stadiums; the 15,000 setter Al Fashir-Al Nuggaa and 45,000 setter Al Fashir  are stated to be in an impressive quality as well as  hotel accommodations and transport has already made ready  for the zone’s second  biggest football event.
Eritrea is not expected to participate as nearly full squad members have failed to return home from previous tournament hosting nations.
Additional announcements concerning detailed issues about the tournament is expected from CECAFA  office soon
CECAFA Club Championship participants Young Africans (Tanzania – 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 representatives and St George (Ethiopia). Eritrea has not confirmed an entry.