CECAFA 2009 results: Sudan’s El-Merikkh wins all three matches to quarter finals
The 2009 CECAFA football tournament is being held this year in Sudan.- - -
Sudan Radio Service producer Francis Butili pursues his coverage of the event with this report.
“Sudan’s El-Merikkh has pushed itself to the top of this year’s CECAFA tournament by winning all three matches clean for the quarter finals. On Saturday, striker Faisal Ajab put icing on the pudding by nailing a goal for El-Merikkh in their last Group A match against Kenya’s Mathare United in Omdurman.
The sports editor for Khartoum Monitor newspaper, Dominic John, analyses El-Merikkh’s chances of success in the tournament. He says all is going to be well for the Sudanese champions:
[Dominic John]:“For sure, 100%, El-Merikkh will get the trophy but it has problem in organizing its defense. Their defense is good, they need re-organization but they will reach the finals because the teams they will meet in the quarter-finals are not of that standard. They are hosting this tournament and have practiced well. Their victory for the semi-final is sure if they meet Rwanda’s Atraco in the coming match.”
Rwanda’s Atraco clings to third position after Mathare by beating Djibouti’s Kartileh 5-0 on Saturday.
On Friday, TP Mazembe of the Congo made a fierce comeback by pounding Somalia’s Benadir Telecom 8-1, giving them a do-or-die chance on Sunday before Tanzania’s Prison’s Club in Khartoum.
Prisons are expected to put on a brave performance after losing to Uganda’s Kampala City Council Club 3-1 on Friday. On the same day in Port Sudan, Kenya’s Tusker beat Zanzibar’s Miembieni 6-0 and Sudan’s Hay El-Arab drew 1-1 with Burundi’s InterStars.”
Francis Butili was reporting from Khartoum on Sunday.
From Goal.com by James Momanyi, Thursday 02 Jul 2009:
Kabagambe Signs For Sudan’s Al-Neel While With Atraco For CECAFA Championship -
Former Ugandan International, Joseph Kabagambe threw the Atraco FC camp into shock on Tuesday evening as he sealed a deal with a Sudanese top side, Al-Neel FC. The six-month loan deal ruled Kabagambe out of the Kagame Club Championships that kicked off on Tuesday.- - -
Kabagambe was quoted in The New Times saying that he was excited to join the Sudanese club and hopes for the best as his career takes a dramatic turn. "I am happy that after a lot of phone calls from my bosses in Rwanda, I was finally allowed to move. Let me try my chance here," said Kabagambe.
The Hasahisa based club, which is placed third on the Sudan league table, reportedly gained interest in the player after he scored a beautiful goal in their 2-1 loss to El Merreikh in a Champions League return leg in Khartoum two months ago.
According to the Sudanese side, they are ready to give Atraco Nigerian forward Abdul Karim Yekini in exchange. "This is to inform you that after a lengthy discussion with in our board members, we have agreed that our player Joseph Kabagambe should be loaned to your club in exchange of a Nigerian player whom we are interested in. We give Kabagambe permission to discuss personal terms," stated the Atraco release letter signed by vice-president Issa Ngeze.
However, Atraco coach Sam Timbe was a disappointed man and said the player should have first accomplished the mission he came for in Sudan, that of playing in the Kagame Club championship.
"I am very disappointed with Kabagambe because I talked with him and advised him on how to go about it and first to put-up a good show and attract better deals," explained Timbe, the former SC Villa and Police coach in Uganda.
Later on Tuesday evening, Sudanese top dogs, El Mereikh hammered Atraco 6-1 in the second group "A" match played at the El Mereikh Stadium in the ongoing CECAFA Club Championships.
From The New Times (via AllAfrica) by Martha Ayuro in Khartoum and Hamza Nkuutu, Thursday 02 July 2009:
Rwanda: Kabagambe Fakes Letter to Join Al-Neel
Kigali — Atraco FC's attacking winger Joseph Kabagambe's transfer to Sudanese side Al-Neel has hit a snag after confirmed reports that the player has failed to get an International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
The former SC Villa player has confessed that he actually presented a forged release letter because Atraco officials had refused to hold talks with Al-Neel. "I had no alternative but to ask my people in Kampala to forge something and mail it to the Al-Neel team. These Atraco people will not stop me from moving because it's my golden chance," said a confused Kabagambe at the Palace Hotel in Northern Khartoum on Wednesday.
Uganda: Kabagambe in Forgery Scandal
The seemingly good news of Joseph Kabagambe's move from Atraco to Sudan's Al-Neel FC has turned sour after the deal fell through because of some irregularities.
The former Express and SC Villa midfielder pocketed US$10,000 (Shs21m) as sign-on fee after putting pen to paper on a six month loan Al-Neel documents. But he failed to get an International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
A teary Kabagambe told Daily Monitor that he forged the transfer letter from Atraco so he could get the move through subtly and then wait for his contract to expire officially in a few days, after which he would get his ITC and transfer normally.
"I had no alternative but to use my friends in Kampala to forge the letter and email it to the agent of Al-Neel. This is a juicy deal I needed so badly," said Kabagambe.
Note from Sudan Watch Ed: Today I have been unable the website of Sudan Radio Service. The page won't load. Here's saying a big warm thank you to SRS for emailing me their news bulletins and this latest news on the football matches in Sudan. This site, Sudan Watch, has received an increase in visits from people around the world searching for news of CECAFA 2009 results. Sadly, and unusually, there are still no visitors from China. Plenty from Iran, but nothing from China. Ever since last month, when it was reported that Google access in China had been disrupted, visits from Sudan Watch readers in China have ceased. :(
Photo: KCC’s Sentogo shields the ball away from Prisons’ Misango Muyemba in Friday’s match. (Source: Sunday Vision (Uganda) report - see here below)
Photo: Johnson Bongoole (No.15) of Rwanda champions Atraco attacks during their Cecafa Club Championship match with El Mereikh. Also in action is El Mereikh's Balla Jabir (14), Naserdin Shigail (18) amd Atraco's Godfrey Katerega (No.3). El Mereikh won 6-1. PHOTO /MOHAMMED AMIN (Source: see report here below from The Nation by Charles Nyende in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, July 4 2009)
Jul 03, 2009, Sudan Watch: CECAFA 2009 Results from Sudan Radio Service.
UPDATE: See Sudan Watch Monday, July 06, 2009:
CECAFA 2009 results: Hay El-Arab of Sudan make the quarters
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