ZAMBIA’S Green Eagles this afternoon face Somalian side Heegan Football Club in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Kagame Inter Club competition. The game being played at 13:00 hours as the opening match of the tournament is being staged at Kigali Stadium in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. By press time, most clubs had already arrived in Rwanda in readiness for the tournament.
The winner of the tournament whose final will be played on July 21 will take home $30,000 while runners up will get $20,000 and those who will finish third will pocket $16,000. Other teams taking part in the tournament are Gor Mahia of Kenya and DR Congo’s giants TP Mazembe.
Other teams include Uganda’s KCCA and Proline; Azam and Kinondoni both of Tanzania; Kenya’s Bandari; South Sudan’s Atlabara and AS Ports. Meanwhile, Heegan have reportedly signed on Nigerian born Felix Ifeanyi Nwosu as their coach ahead of the team’s match against Green Eagles. Green Eagles are in group C of the tournament alongside Proline of Uganda and Army Patriotic Rwanda. Just like Eagles, Heegan has no foreigners in its squad that will participate in this year’s CECAFA tournament.
Heegan have won the Somalian league twice in 1967 and the 2014/15 season. The CECAFA Cup now referred to as the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup is the oldest football tournament in Africa. A FIFA competition, it includes participants of football playing national teams from the East African Region.
The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations is an association of the football playing nations in mostly East Africa and a bit of Central Africa.