Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (Cecafa) insists adequate security will be provided to teams taking part in this year’s Kagame Cup set to kick-off on June 19 in Sudan.
This comes in the wake of threats by Tanzanian teams Yanga and Simba to pull out unless their Group matches are moved away from war torn Darfur.
“We have had discussions with people in the Sudanese government at the highest level and have no reason to doubt their capacity to provide security,” Cecafa secretary Nicholas Musonye told Goal.
“There is a huge United Nations presence in the area and this too will provide security so there is no need for anyone to worry.”
The Tanzanian government has warned its teams not to travel to Darfur as their security cannot be guaranteed.
Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International co-operation Bernard Membe told Daily News that the regional body erred in picking Darfur as one of the hosts.
“We are not sure of the security and safety of our players in a place where guests are received by armed forces in bullet proof motorcades and vests.”
“There are no hotels to accommodate players,” said Membe .Yanga and Simba have also called on the organisers to shift the venue following concern raised by their government.