CECAFA Nile Basin Cup fixtures released
Mareeg.com-As the council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) broadens its competitions, the regional football governing body has unveiled the schedules of the Nile Basin competition which is one of the new CECAFA competitions to be inaugurated this year.
The CECAFA Nile Basin Cup Winners Cup tournament will kick off on the 22nd of May with Victoria University taking on Malakia according to the released fixtures.
CECAFA said that the sole Cecafa nation missing from the competition will be Eritrea who did not confirm an entry. Eritrea did not even show up at the recently conducted FIFA Communications workshop held in Dar Es salaam.
The top profile teams (because of their past proud history) include the guests Arab Contractors and El Masry of Egypt, Sudan’s giant El Merreikh of Khartoum and the recently improved Al Ahly of Shandy City.
From Tanzania Mainland will be Mbeya City FC, a team that has recently challenged the big three clubs of Dar es Salaam-Azam, Young Africans and Simba.
Somalia will be represented in the competition by Elman FC who finished 2nd place in the last Nation Link Telecom Championship. Elman will play their first match against AFC Leopards of Kenya on Friday 23rd of May as shown in the fixtures.
“This tournament is intended to expand club participation in our region which previously restricted to the league winners in the CECAFA Kagame club cup” CECAFA secretary General Nicholas Musonye said adding that the inauguration of this new competition will give more chances to clubs in the region.
The groups as below:
Group ‘A’: 1. El Merreikh [Sudan] 2. SC Victoria University [Uganda] 3. Malakia [South Sudan] 4. Polisi [Zanzibar]
Group ‘B’: 1. El Merreikh Al Fasher [Sudan] 2. Mbeya City [Tanzania Mainland] 3.Elman [Somalia] 4. AFC Leopards [Kenya]
Group ‘C’: 1. Al AhliShandi [Sudan] 2. Al Masry [Egypt] 3. Defence [Ethiopia] 4. Dikhil [Djibouti]
Group ‘D’: 1. Hey Al Arab [Sudan] 2. Arab Contractors [Egypt] 3.Flambeau de l’Est [Burundi] 4. Etincelles [Rwanda]
- Match Venues: Khartoum, Shandy and the Red Sea-side city of Port Sudan.
CECAFA Media Committee Office