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CECAFA Excom re-affirms Uganda as tourney hosts

Cecafa General Secretary Nicholas Musonye delivering a speech during the launch of the Cecafa-Tusker Cup in Kampala last month

The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) held its Executive Committee meeting in Dar, Tanzania this 13th day of September 2012 as mandated by the Members Special meeting held in Seychelles two weeks ago.

The meeting in Seychelles attended by all the 12 members, requested the chairman of CECAFA to convene the Executive Committee meeting and clear the controversy regarding the hosting of the CECAFA-Tusker Cup 2012.

In Dar, the members of the Executive Committee in the good interest of CECAFA looked at all the documents related to the change of venue from Kenya to Uganda, and also the contractual obligations between CECAFA and East African Breweries Ltd with a view of safeguarding the interest of all parties involved.

The Committee took note of the fact that during the General Assembly in Dar last year Kenya was earmarked to host the event, but at the same time, the General Assembly was informed of the contractual obligations between CECAFA and the sponsors and the fact that the sponsors will have an input on where the event will be held in regard to their alignment in the region.

It should be noted that EABL are the brand holders of the event. But it is the regional branches, the subsidiary Breweries in various countries that fund the event. The case in Tanzania was Serengeti Breweries, while in Uganda it is Uganda Breweries who are committed to funding this year’s tournament and have already launched the 2012 event in Kampala.The committee therefore resolved that the 2012 CECAFA-Tusker Cup will be staged in Uganda and urged all CECAFA members to start preparing their teams. The Committee re-affirmed that CECAFA will always treat all its members fairly in the spirit of promoting football in the region. They noted that Kenya has always played host to CECAFA competitions and would be glad to give Kenya another opportunity to stage any of the CECAFA competitions in the near future.

The Committee further noted the region needed to work with Sponsors to promote the level of football in the zone and proposed to further seek another three year sponsorship with EABL who have been reliable partners of CECAFA for the past three years.

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