CECAFA 2013 QUARTER-FINALS (In Mombasa):
Saturday December 7, 2013
Uganda Vs Tanzania – 2pm
Kenya Vs Rwanda – 4pm
Sunday December 8, 2013
Zambia Vs Burundi – 2pm
Ethiopia Vs Sudan – 4pm
No doubt, the CECAFA 2013 country-side venues of the Afraha Nakuru and Kenyatta Machakos Stadia have recorded the largest number of fans for this biannual tourney, the oldest on the entire African continent.
Unlike the Kampala event in 2011, where most of the matches were played before empty stands of the 40,000 seater Nelson Mandela Stadium, Namboole, the organisers of the event have this time round sought for options of attracting the soccer fanatics by taking the beautiful game next to them in countryside venues.
“Football in Kenya is not like in Dar es Salaam or Kampala where fans enter anytime. Here, the fans cherish their local clubs more than their national team”, CECAFA General Secrertary, Nicolas Musonye is quoted to having said.
Respective governors in Kenya have been on a serious competition spree to host the matches with Kisumu, Nakuru, Machakos and Mombasa having applied and made their intentions clear.
Crowds have not disappointed in Nakuru and Machakos counties where a few of the games have been held than the town Nairobi based Stadia of Nyayo and City Stadium.
Machakos governor, Alfred Mutua went further to offering incentives to fans and special visitors. “The warm hospitality will also grant the fans a second return”, Mutua revealed to Kawowo Sports shortly after the Rwanda – Eritrea game that has the most fans in the 2013 CECAFA game (over 100,000 fans).
Whereas, Mutua offered the first 20,000 fans a ‘gift’ of free entrance and a fully facilitated media center at the Stadium among other logistics, his counter part at the Afraha Stadium, Nakuru County, Kinutia Mbugua offered the entire Kenyan squad a cash incentive of K.sh 1 M (Ug.shs. 30,000,000).
Focus shifts to another countryside venue, this time over 500 km away from the capital in Nairobi off to the coastal town of Mombasa for the quarter -finals.
It looks to be seen how the fans out there will turn up for the 4 matches that involve host, nation, Kenya take on Rwanda and the record champions, Uganda, face Tanzania.
Cecafa guests, Zambia will face Burundi on Sunday in the day’s opener before the last quarter finals on card as The Ethiopian Walya Antelopes face Sudan.