The count-down to CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018 kicked off in Kigali on Monday, April 23, when the Secretary General of CECAFA Nicholas Musonye visited Rwanda and held talks with the President of Rwanda Football Federation (CECAFA), Rtd Brig. Gen. Sekamana Jean Damascene
The two officials exchanged cordial conversations and matters related to the development of regional football.
Sekamana thanked CECAFA for their continued role in the development of East and Central Africa Football and affirmed Rwanda’s commitment in supporting the development of football across the region.
CECAFA and FERWAFA have set the dates as May 12-22, 2018 and Musonye confirmed that seven countries have already confirmed their participation.
The countries are:Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and Zanzibar. Burundi are expected to make their commitment after the conclusion of the CECAFA Under 17 tournament going on in their country.
Musonye who traveled to Kigali from Bujumbura over the weekend had a meeting with the new FERWAFA President Sekamana who assured the regional boss that FERWAFA and the Government of Rwanda were ready to host the CECAFA women tournament.
The retired General said that CECAFA and Rwanda have a long standing relationship and everything will be done to ensure that the women tournament is held in a very good atmosphere.
“It’s a big pleasure and joy to work with CECAFA, CAF and FIFA family. Rwanda is trying to develop football and our mission to develop football and maintain relations with all our football stakeholders,”
“We are now in the preparations of the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup. With the good will of Rwandan government, we believe the tournament will be a success. We thank CECAFA, CAF and FIFA for supporting women football,” added Sekamana.
Musonye explained to the General, the support Rwanda has accorded the regional organisation since President Paul Kagame became of the patron of the regional body in 1999.
The CECAFA Women Tournament is sponsored by FIFA. The Secretary General also held a meeting with the LOC at the Ferwafa Headquarters.
During the occasion, Musonye also informed the FERWAFA President that this year’s Kagame Club Cup competition will be held in Tanzania and over 14 clubs have committed to take part in the tournament.
Tanzania FA president Wallace Karia was in Bujumbura last week and informed CECAFA of their readiness to stage the event. Azam TV are the CECAFA media partners and are scheduled to show LIVE the Kagame cup competition.