By GISHINGA NJOROGE, Managing Editor, in Dar es Salaam
ALL teams were expected ready to take part in Friday afternoon’s briefing before the start of the Cecafa Kagame Club Cup at the National Stadium here on Saturday.
From as far as Congo [Kinshasa] and the new state of Southern Sudan, organisers said the 11 teams were raring to go. But the obvious attractions were AS Vita Club of Kinshasa, a heavyweight of African football who will be taking part as guests and Wau Salam the debutants from South Sudan.
“They are already in town and are enthusiastic about the competition. Vita are obviously an attraction and no doubt heavily tipped to cause ripples. Everyone also wants a look at Wau Salam to see the shape of South Sudan football,” said Cecafa [Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations] secretary general Nicholas Musonye.
Two matches set the show on the road on Saturday, past winners APR taking on Wau Salam at 2pm before Cup holders Young Africans of Tanzanian Mainland take on Burundi’s Atletico.
There will be three matches on Sunday after the originally [Monday] Simba [Tanzania Mainland] and Uganda Revenue Authority match was brought forward. It will take place at 4pm at the National Stadium while there will be two matches at the Azam Stadium in Chamazi where AS Vita play AS Ports of Djibouti at 2pm before the third Tanzania Mainland team , Azam, the owners of the venue, tackle Mafunzo of Zanzibar.
Musonye, however said Kenya champions Tusker had thrown arrangements into a bit of bother after their arrival date id Dar es Salaam remained unconfirmed. Tusker do not play their first match of the three-team Pool “C” until July 19. But because they had earlier said they would be in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, their hotel bookings had been done.
Organisers had only seen Press reports that the Kenyans would leave Nairobi on Sunday. “They are not confirming anything and now costs are being incurred to maintain the accommodation bookings,” said the Cecafa secretary.
SuperSport will broadcast “live” every match of the tournament and they issued a comprehensive schedule of the broadcasts on the SS9 and SS9Est channels, including repeats.
At the same time the Cecafa broadcast partners said the stage of Cecafa’s fine club football will be used to expose graduates of SuperSport’s first “Gaining Insight from Training [ “GIFT” ] programme in television production.
The graduates will be going through the final checks as the commencement of the Cecafa tournament looms large.
The “GIFT” programme is SuperSport’s joint venture with Kenya’s Strathmore University, offering a six-month television production skills course.
This year’s SuperSport will broadcast the July 14-28 championships “live” in its entirety in Kiswahili commentary.
The championship will offer the graduates, along with production crews from Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and Zambia, their first taste of working at a tournament of the magnitude of the Cecafa-Kagame Cup.
SuperSport’s Operations Manager for Africa, Graeme Murray, said that after excelling all year in the classroom, the time is right for the graduates to do so on the field.
“The Cecafa-Kagame Championship is the perfect opportunity for us to bring together the trainees from across the continent and allow them to express their competencies and also to expose them to international flavour and pressures we so often have to work under.”
The production crew will work on a rotational basis as there will be as many as three “live” games per day. Assessments will take place on rest days whereby individuals will be taken through their performances.
2012 CECAFA KAGAME CLUB CUP
July 14-28, Dar es Salaam
1. Simba [Tanzania Mainland]
2. URA [Uganda)]
3. AS Vita Club [DR Congo]
4. AS Port [Djibouti]
1. Azam [Tanzania Mainland]
2. Mafunzo [Zanzibar]
3. Tusker [Kenya]
1. Young Africans [Tanzania Mainland] * Champions
2. APR [Rwanda]
3. Wau Salam [South Sudan]
4. Atletico [Burundi]
FIXTURES AND SUPERSPORT BROADCAST DETAILS
Saturday, July 14:
1. APR v Wau Salam, Gp ‘C’, 2pm [National Stadium], “live” SS9; 5pm Repeat, SS9East
2. Young Africans v Atletico, 4pm [National Stadium] “live” SS9, 7pm Repeat, SS9East
Sunday, July 15:
3. Simba v URA, Gp ‘A’, 4pm [Nat Stadium], “live” SS9
4. AS Vita Club v AS Port, Gp ‘A’, 2pm [Azam Stadium]
5. Azam v Mafunzo, Gp ‘B’, 4pm [Nat Stadium]
Monday, July 15:
R E S T D A Y
Tuesday, July 17:
6. Atletico v APR, Gp ‘C’, 2pm [Nat Stadium] “live” SS9East; “live” SS9
7. Wau Salam v Yanga, Gp ‘C’, 4pm [Nat Stadium] “live” SS9East; “live” SS9
Wednesday, July 18:
8. Vita Club v URA, Gp ‘A’, 2pm [Nat Stadium] “live” SS9; “live” SS9East
9. AS Port v Simba, Gp ‘A’, 4pm [Nat Stadium] “live” SS9; “live” SS9East
Thursday, July 19:
10. Atletico v Wau Salam, Gp ‘C’, 2pm [Nat Stadium] “live” SS9; “live” SS9East
11. Mafunzo v Tusker, Gp ‘B’, 4pm [Nat Stadium] “live” SS9; “live” SS9East
Friday, July 20:
12. AS Port v URA, Gp ‘A’, 2pm [Nat Stadium] “live” SS9; Repeat SS9East, 9pm
13. Yanga v APR, Gp ‘C’, 4pm [Nat Stadium] “live” SS9; Repeat SS9East, 11pm
Saturday, July 20:
14. Tusker v Azam, Gp ‘B’, 2pm [Nat Stadium] “live” SS9; Repeat SS9East, 6pm
15. Simba v AS Vita Club, Gp ‘A’, 4pm [Nat Stadium] “live” SS9; Repeat SS9East, 8pm
Sunday, July 22:
R E S T D A Y
Mon, July 23:
16. B2 v C2, 2pm, “live” SS9; “live” SS9East
17. A1 v C3, 4pm, “live” SS9; “live” SS9East
Tue, July 24:
18. C1 v A2, 2pm, “live” SS9; “live” SS9East
19. B1 v A3, 4pm, “live” SS9; “live” SS9East
Wed, July 25:
R E S T D A Y
S E M I F I N A L S
Thur, July 26:
20. Winner 16 v Winner 17, 2pm “live” SS9; “live SS9East
21. Winner 18 v Winner 19, 4pm “live” SS9; “live” SS9East
Fri, July 27:
R E S T D A Y
FINAL & BRONZE MEDAL PLAY-OFF
Sat, July 28:
22. Loser 20 v Loser 21, 2pm “live” SS9; “live” SS9East
23. Winner 20 v Winner 21, 4pm “live” SS9; “live” SS9East