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January 04 - 10, 2013

 

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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

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Kenya and Rwanda bid for Cecafa
Senior Challenge Cup tourney

Kenya last hosted the tournament in 2009 while
the tiny landlocked Rwanda has hosted the
regional tournament twice - in 1999 and 2005

SPECIAL REPORT BY XINHUA Sportswriter John Kwoba

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya and Rwanda had put in their bids to stage the 2013 Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup tournament, an official of Cecafa said on Sunday.

The regional tournament brings together teams from Kenya , Uganda , Tanzania , Rwanda , Burundi , Djibouti , Eritrea , Ethiopia , Sudan , South Sudan, Zanzibar and Somalia . There is also room for two invitations for teams outside the region.

Nicholas Musonye, the Cecafa Secretary General, told reporters in Nairobi that Kenya have to outbid Rwanda if they want the nod to host the prestigious regional tournament, having been overlooked by the Council congress early this year to take the event to Uganda.

“I have to say it categorical that the notion and romous created that Kenya is automatic host of the event in 2013 is wrong. The Cecafa general assemble decided to make the bid open and two countries had shown interest— Kenya and Rwanda ,” Musonye told Xinhua, Sunday in Nairobi .

Kenya last hosted the tournament in 2009 while the tiny landlocked Rwanda has hosted the regional tournament twice - in 1999 and 2005.

Rwanda ’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Culture Edward Kalisa has thrown down the gauntlet eyeing to outmuscle Kenya in the bid.

Rwanda is studying the requirements needed to host the event. Once we hold talks with Cecafa and review the requirements, then we will be able to have a final say on our chances. But we are positive on Rwanda hosting the regional championship,” said Kalisa.

A decision will be made in March 2013 on the sidelines of the Caf Congress in Morocco when Rwanda and Kenya will make their final speeches for the hosting rights that have now apparently become competitive.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Chairman Sam Nyamweya has confirmed that Kenya is ready to stage the championships, saying Cecafa general assemble had promised to honour its earlier pledge to bring the event in the country.

“They had granted us the 2012 event, but last minute changes saw them take it to Uganda . But they pledged to bring it to Kenya in 2013 and I believe they will honour it,” said Nyamweya.

Rwanda has played host to the Africa Under-17 and U-20 competitions before, a feat unequaled in the region.

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South Africa ready to host AFCON 2013

   

JOHANNESBURG (Xinhua) -- The committee preparing for hosting  African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013 in South Africa on Sunday announced the country is ready to host the tournament.

The Local Organizing Committee Chief Executive Officer Mvuzo Mbebe said this at the ceremony of naming the South African national team to take part in the tournament.

“There are 21 days for the biggest soccer event in Africa to start,” Mbebe said. “We have put in place plans that will ensure that every team is provided with the necessary environment and conditions conducive to compete equally.”

The committee has formed sub-committees with the police and Department of Home Affairs to assist those attending the AFCON.

He encouraged South Africans to fill the stadia and support the South African national team.

On the same occasion the national team coach Gordon Igesund announced his 23-man team would take part in AFCON 2013.

The coach named a strong squad consisting of the experienced players, saying “we had the best of the best in the camp, with excellent players competing against each other for positions.”

He called on South Africans and the media to rally behind the national team, adding, “Now that the final squad has been selected, the focus is on the tournament, your support will be very crucial to see us through.”

Various departments in the South African government  have formed clusters to assist the successful hosting of AFCON 2013.

Department of Home Affairs announced that they would beef up the staff at the entry points to assist high volume of visitors during the tournament.

AFCON 2013 was previously planned to be hosted by Libya , however, the the African soccer ruling body CAF later decided to move the competition to South Africa.

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