RWANDA Football Federation, Ferwafa Secretary General Olivier Mulindahabi has confirmed that Rwanda will host this year’s Cecafa/Kagame Club Cup.
The East and Central Africa’s annual tournament is scheduled to take place in August this year.
Speaking to local media this week, Mulindahabi said, “Ferwafa in partnership with the ministry of sports has accepted to host the event in response to a request from Cecafa executive committee. Rwanda opted to host this year’s event as a dress rehearsal for the 2016 CHAN competition.”
“We have a budget of $100,000 (Rwf. 67.8m) that is available to finance the tournament; we are still waiting for Cecafa to inform us about their contribution,” Mulindahabi was quoted saying.
Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye confirmed that Rwanda had agreed to host the event scheduled after the FIFA World Cup.
The Champion clubs from all the zonal FA’s are expected to take part in the event and Cecafa is expected to meet the Rwanda FA in Tanzania this weekend to finalize sponsorship package that will cater for all the expenses for the teams and all the delegations.
This year’s competition which brings together league champions from all member countries will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
Burundi’s Vital ‘O are the Cecafa Club Championship defending champions after they defeated APR 2-0 in the final last year in Darfur, Sudan.
Defending league champions Rayon Sports, who won their only title to date in 1998, will represent Rwanda.
APR remains Rwanda’s most successful club in this competition having won it three times in 2004, 2007 and 2010. Atraco FC, now defunct, is the other Rwandan team to win the regional tournament in 2009.
President Kagame has sponsored the regional club championship to a tune of US$60,000 annually since 2002.