NAIROBI, June 27 – Kenya Premier League champions Tusker have been drawn in Group A in the forthcoming East and Central Africa Club Championships which will be held in Tanzania from July 12 to 27.,
Other teams in the group are Simba SC from Tanzania, Vital’O from Burundi and Benadir from Somalia.
Champions APR of Rwanda have been drawn against Tanzania second team Dar es Salaam Young Africans (Yanga), Awassa from Ethiopia and Miembeni from Zanzibar in group C.
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Group B will be made of URA, Rayon Sports from Rwanda, Denden from Eritrea and SID from Djibouti.
Releasing the draws in Nairobi Friday, Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) general secretary, Nicholas Musonye said two teams from each group will be joined by the best losing sides for the quarterfinals of the tournament to be staged at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
“We have received permission to use the giant new stadium in Dar es Salaam so we can only reciprocate by providing good football,” Musonye said.
The event is sponsored by Tanzania Breweries through their Castle Lager Brand. The contract to this effect will be signed in Dar es Salaam on Monday when the tournament’s fixtures will also be released.
The tournament is for the sixth year running co-sponsored by Rwanda President Paul Kagame to the tune of US$60,000 in prize money.
Winners will get US$ 30,000, Runners up US$ 20,000 while the third placed team will get US$10,000.
“We have also lined up prizes for the best player, most sporting player and the best referee,” Musonye added.
Musonye also revealed that Cecafa in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee would hold seminars for regional football officials and journalists during the Dar tournament.
“We have finalised arrangements for the tournament that we hope to be the best in its history,” Musonye added.
Touching on this year’s senior Challenge Cup, Musonye announced that it would be staged in Kampala from November 8-23. It will for the second year running be sponsored by pay TV channel GTV.
Cecafa is negotiating with several countries, including DR Congo, Saudi Arabia, Zambia and Zimbabwe to invite them as guest teams.
Kenya has put in a bid to host the 2009 Challenge Cup while Burundi have been asked to make a commitment to hosting next year’s Club Cup.