The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) has confirmed that the once-troubled Darfur region in western Sudan will host the 2013 Cecafa Club Championships next month.
The football body said that Democratic Republic of Congo side St. Eloi Lupopo will take part in the event.
Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye also told BBC Sport that "a team from Eritrea is yet to confirm".
Musonye said that Darfur is 90% ready to host the event, but for only two of the three groups.
"Two football stadiums in Al Fashir - Al Nuggaa [capacity 15,000] and Al Fashir [45,000] - were of impressive quality and so were hotel accommodations and transport," he said.
URA vs. Vita Club in 2012
The 2013 Kagame Cup will be held in Sudan from June 18 to July 2, the Council for East and Central African Football Association (Cecafa) has announced.
Cecafa awarded Sudan the rights to host the Kagame Club Championships in June after Ethiopia, the initial host designate, wanted it to be held in September.
"Kindly note that we are finalising arrangements to stage the above tournament in Sudan from June."
"Because of logistical reasons, we would like to get confirmation that you will be available for the whole duration of the competition. We need this confirmation as soon as possible," reads a statement from Cecafa to all member states.
Young Africans lift the trophy
Yanga FC from Tanzania is the 2012 CECAFA Kagame Cup champions.
The team beat Azam FC 2-0 in the final match played on Saturday 28th July 2012 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Both teams struggled to gain possession in the beginning but it is Azam who threatened first, Kipre Tchetche collecting a good pass from deep in their halfand making a good run only to shoot wide from 40 yards in the 13th minute.
Azam’s Erasto Nyoni shot over the three minutes later with a hard volley after a neat cross floated in from the left by Ramadhan Chombo.
Wagaluka of APR finds no space
Invitational side Vita Club from Democratic Republic of Congo beat Rwanda’s APR 2-1 in the third place play off match of the CECAFA Kagame Cup played on Saturday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Vita ensured they go home with 30,000 USDs as APR finished 4th to bag the last prize of 10,000USDs.
Both teams did not commit too much to the match as they sought to play in a more calm and relaxed manner.
Vita were the hungrier in goal as they went on attack time and again. 19 minutes into the match Magola Mapanda opened the scores with a shot from outside the area beating second choice APR keeper Jean Luc Ndayishime.
Hamis Kiiza and Jean Claude Ndoli
Hamis Kiiza`s goal ten minutes into the extra time sent packing three-time winners APR in the Kagame Cup semifinal clash staged at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Yanga meet debutants Azam FC in the Saturday final after the later eased past AS Vita in an earlier in the afternoon semifinal match played at the same venue.
The Yanga-APR match had ended in barren draw during the regulation time before extending into extra time.
Yanga have beaten APR twice in the tournament after last Saturday’s 2-0 win during the group C preliminaries. APR failed to avenge the defeat despite throwing everything into the match.
Ilongo Ilifo and Kipre Tchecge
Azam FC made a dream entry into the Cecafa Kagame Club Cup final in their debut after beating AS Vita Club 2-1 in the semi-finals on Thursday at the National Stadium.
The merely six-year-old Tanzania Mainland side confirmed their pedigree by outlasting AS Vita, a heralded old club from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo who won the African championship in 1973.
Last season, Vita were good enough to win their domestic league, shutting off compatriots TP Mazembe, the back-to-back African champions in 2009-2010.
In a dramatic match, AS Vita took a 35th minute lead through Alfred Mfongang’ who struck fiercely from 30 metres at the top of the box as Azam defender Said Mourad fatally backed off.
Atletico vs. V.Club
Basilua Makola’s last-minute winner saw AS Vita Club strengthen their bid for a maiden Cecafa Kagame Cup title as they edged Burundi’s Atletico Olympic 2-1 in yesterday’s quarter-final match at Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
At the end of normal time, the game was poised at 1-all and seemed like it would be decided in penalty shootouts until Makola popped up to convert from close range in the final minute of stoppage time.
The goal came somewhat against the run of play, with Cedric Kaze’s side appearing to kill off the game.
John Bocco scored a stunning hat trick as Azam FC thrashed Simba 3-1 in a thrilling CECAFA Kagame Cup quarter-final match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam .
The towering striker gave Azam a first half lead and followed it with a superb second half brace to steer Stewart Hall's side to the semi-finals of the regional club championship.
Simba, sloppy at the back and clueless upfront, got their solitary goal through Shomari Kapombe several minutes after Azam had gone two goals up.Both teams looked overly cautious in the opening minutes but Azam saw more of the ball and had the first attempt on goal in the third minute when Hamis Mcha unleashed a powerful shot from just outside the 18-yard box that flew inches wide.
Juma Mmanga and Said Bahanuzi
Defending champions Young Africans yesterday booked a semifinal date against APR of Rwanda after ousting Mafunzo from Zanzibar 5-3 in post match penalties at the 60,000-seater National Stadium.
The Kagame Cup showdown ended 1-1 in regulation time and Mafunzo kissed goodbye with three normal time draws, 1-1 against Azam, 0-0 against Tusker of Kenya and 1-1 against Yanga.
The Isles champions took the lead in the 34th minute through an Ally Othman Mmanga header and defended the lead to the stroke of half time. However, the Jangwani boys returned to the second half energetically with in-form Said Bahanuzi drawing parity in the 46th minute when he caught the Mafunzo defenders off-guard to head home.