Tanzania’s Simba, Yanga to skip Cecafa tourney

The two Tanzanian clubs have joined Kenya's Tusker FC in pulling out of the regional Kagame Cup to be held in Darfur, Sudan, citing security concerns

Tanzania will not send any team to participate in the East and Central Africa Club Championship, Kagame Cup, set to kick-off later this month in the Darfur province of Sudan, due to security concerns.

Tanzania Deputy Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Amos Makala, told the National Assembly in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday that the government had reliable information that there were serious security concerns in Darfur and for that reasons it would not send its teams to participate in the regional tournament.

“The government position is clear, we cannot send our teams where there is no security,” the Deputy Minister said in his reply to a supplementary question from Richard Ndassa (Sumve - CCM), who wanted to know government position on whether Tanzania will send its teams to Darfur for the tournament.

Young Africans (Yanga) and Simba SC were to represent Tanzania Mainland in the tournament, the former being the defending champions and the latter being the league champions in the 2011/12 season. Zanzibar will be represented by Falcon FC.

However, Simba had already announced their intention to pull off because of the same reasons. Kenya champions Tusker FC have also withdrawn from the tournament sponsored by Rwanda President Paul Kagame.