CECAFA Under-17 Championship (Hassan el Bashir Cup) kicks off in Khartoum, Sudan 19th August, 2009
The second edition of the CECAFA U-17 Tournament, all games were originally to be played in Nairobi, Kenya but have since been moved to Sudan due to financial reasons. The Sudanese FA and El Merreikh Investment Group have agreed to sponsor the tournament.
The cup is also referred to as the Bashir Cup and the Hassan el Bashir Cup by East African media due to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's involvement.
News just in from Sudan Radio Service, Wednesday 12 August 2009:
Cecafa Under-17 Fixtures Announced
(Juba, Southern Sudan) – Fixtures for the Cecafa under-17 tournament that will kick off in Khartoum on 19 August have been announced.Click on label in footnote below for news, fixtures and updates on footballing in Sudan.
There are twelve teams participating in this year's tournament.
Speaking to Sudan Radio Service from Juba, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Gabriel Changson Chang, said south Sudan is ready to host the tournaments.
[Changson Chang]: “The under-17 CECAFA championship is taking place in Sudan this year between 19th and 30th of this month and there will be three countries or teams and the three groups are divided into three areas. Group One will play in Juba. I think from the 19th for about nine days and then second group will be in Medani and the third group in Khartoum. The final will be played in Khartoum. Before we took the decision for Juba to host that group, the secretary of Cecafa paid a visit to Juba to check our stadium and pitches which he confirmed are suitable for the event. We have also opened four playgrounds for practices and then the main games will be played in the stadiums.”
Sudan is in group A and their first match will be on the 20th against Tanzania in Khartoum, and the second match against Somalia on the 22nd of this month.