THE Council of East and Central Africa Football Association, (Cecafa) has pushed this year’s Cecafa/Kagame Cup tournament to August.
The development was confirmed over the weekend after Cecafa chairman Leodegar Tenga and Secretary General Nicholas Musonye paid a courtesy call to Ferwafa chief Degaule Vincent Nzamwita.
Musonye said over the weekend, “We have proposed to host the event in August since the World Cup will be played in June. After the World cup, we will have breathing space,”
“We can’t do it before because people are committed to World cup, so we have pushed it to august which is more appropriate,”
Musonye further commented on his visit to Rwanda. He said, “We came here to officially pay a courtesy visit to Ferwafa’s new executive committee because since the elections we had never done so,”
“We also met with the Permanent Secretary in the Sports Ministry were we discussed in detail how to strengthen Cecafa and work closely with the new office of Ferwafa and how to develop football in the region in general,”
“We also looked at the possibilities of staging the club competition in Rwanda and we will be back in the country on April 8 to meet other stakeholders and make a final decision on the hosting of Kagame Cup,” added Musonye.
The Cecafa/Kagame Cup tournament is sponsored by President Paul Kagame since 2002. President Kagame injects $60,000 which is distributed among the top three finishing teams in the annual tournament.
Besides the prize money, the President also gives $15,000 every year for organisation of the tournament, bringing the total sponsorship to $75,000.
As a result of that support, Cecafa leaders renamed the competition Cecafa-Kagame Club Cup championship. The sponsorship remains the competition’s lifeline to date.
The regional football association is enduring a torrid time to get the host nation for the year’s event, which last year, was held in Darfur and was won by Burundi’s Vital’O, who beat APR in the final.
Last year, Rwanda was meant to host the Senior Challenge Cup but the Government bowed out of the race due to financial constraints hence paving the way for Kenya.
However, the 2015 edition will be in Rwanda as build up to Africa Nations Championship due to be held in Kigali in 2016.