The highly anticipated second edition of the StarTimes International Cup won’t take place Kawowo Sports has learnt.
The tournament was due to take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania between December 16 and 23, 2016 but reports indicate it has been cancelled.
Several clubs from within the CECAFA region were meant to take part including Uganda’s KCCA FC, Rwanda’s Rayon Sport, Kenya’s Gor Mahia, Tanzania’s duo of Yanga and Simba as well CAF Confederations Cup winners, TP Mazembe of DR Congo.
Why the cancellation?
Although no reason is yet to be advanced, there are unconfirmed reports that failure for the Council of East and Central Africa Football (CECAFA) to stage the Kagame Cup this year has been part.
It’s believed that CECAFA views the tournament organisers as saboteurs to the original Kagame Cup tournament.
Unlike Kagame Cup where the winner bags prize money worth $30,000, it’s $20,000 more for the StarTimes Cup winner with individual prizes to the Most Valuable Player (MVP), Best goalkeeper and Top scorer among others amounting to $2,000 each.
KCCA yet to receive cancellation communication
When contacted, KCCA who on Monday confirmed participation in the tournament hadn’t received any communication pertaining cancellation.
We are yet to receive any communications regarding suspension of the competition but we shall get back to you as soon as possible.
Last year, Uganda was represented by SC Villa at the inaugural tournament held in Kigali, Rwanda.