Darfur to stage Cecafa Club Championships

The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) has announced that the Darfur region in western Sudan will stage the 2013 Cecafa Club Championships in June.

Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye is in Darfur inspecting facilities and told the BBC that the region is 90% ready to host the event, but for only two of the three groups. “Two football stadiums in Al Fashir – Al Nuggaa and Al Fashir – were of impressive quality and so were hotel accommodations and transport,” he said. Al Nuggaa has a capacity of 15,000, while Al Fashir is able to hold 45,000 spectators.

Musonye also said that the tournament had been switched from the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa because the country was not prepared adequately for the event. The tournament is expected to feature domestic league winners from 12 member nations in the region. It is likely to be staged in the second half of June.

Darfur has been suffered from a civil war since 2003, but a peace agreement and a reduction in fighting have provided some hope. Tanzania’s Young Africans are the defending champions of the tournament, having won the 2012 edition.