Young Africans Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
[/media-credit] Action from the CECAFA Kagame Cup in 2015 Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

The only Council for East and Central African Football Association (CECAFA) organized tournament in 2016 was the women championship that Uganda hosted two months ago and was returning after three decades.

The traditional annual tournaments; Senior Challenge Cup and Kagame Cup for national teams and clubs respectively won’t be happening in 2016 after CECAFA failed to find willing hosts for both championships.

And according to a Rwandan publication, New Times, CECAFA is condemning member associations for the lack of commitment to host regional tournaments.

The newspaper quoted a high-ranking official at CECAFA on grounds of anonymity;

Member associations should stop their usual petty politics, useless meetings, and useless propaganda of undermining CECAFA and CAF leadership.

The official also added;

This year’s CECAFA competitions, precisely Kagame Cup, was sabotaged by four countries, namely; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and some others.

The Kagame Cup was initially supposed to be hosted by Tanzania but they declined while the Senior Challenge Cup host was Sudan who also pulled out, then Kenya offered to host both tournaments but pulled out at the last minute.

The official adds that after CECAFA secured a big sponsor some member association discouraged the partner to come on board and went ahead and tried to host a parallel tournament.

We got a big sponsor for Kagame Cup but some officials in these four countries went to sponsor and demanded some sponsorship by undermining CECAFA. The same officials have tried to organize a parallel tournament to undermine Kagame Cup in Tanzania but it will not take off.

Azam of Tanzania is the defending champions and Vipers were meant to represent Uganda at this year’s edition while Uganda are the defending champions of the Senior Challenge Cup.

Senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering volleyball, football and badminton

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