TWO local referees Isreel Nkongo Mujuni and Clemence Erasmo have been picked among 16 match officials in the region, who will officiate at this year's CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, which gets underway in Kampala, Uganda from November 24 to December 8.
According to CECAFA, the officials, eight of whom are assistant referees, will undergo both medical and fitness tests on November 23.
The fitness tests will be conducted by retired FIFA referee Charles Masembe, who is also a member of the CAF Referees committee.
The full list of referees: Thierry Nkurunzinza (Burundi), Maeruf Mensur (Eritrea), Antony Ogwayo (Kenya), Hakizimana Louis (Rwanda), Ali Kalyango (Uganda), Mohamed Hussein El Fadhil (Sudan), Denis Batte (Uganda) and Israel Mujuni (Tanzania).
Assistant referees: Mark Ssonko (Uganda), Mussie Kinde (Ethiopia), Peter Sabatia (Kenya), Idam Mohammed (Sudan), Hakizimana Ambroise (Rwanda), Kinduli Ali (Zanzibar), Clemence Erasmo (Tanzania) and Omar Abukar (Somalia).
The tournament, which is sponsored by East African Breweries through their Tusker brand to a tune of US$450,000, will see South Sudan participate in their first international football competition.
Meanwhile, the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) yesterday signed Memorandum of Understanding with WASH United in a bid to promote good sanitation and hygiene behaviours in youth football teams.
A statement issued yesterday said that TFF decided to partner with WASH United in order to promote good sanitation and hygiene behaviour under its youth football development programme.
The MoU was signed yesterday at the TFF offices between federation's Secretary General Angetile Osiah and WASH United Country Coordinator in Tanzania Femin Mabachi.
"The partnership between WASH United and Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) is a new and pioneering partnership in the football sector in Tanzania," said Mabachi. Adding that through football and with the support of the TFF, they can make sanitation and hygiene 'cool' and can increase the relevance of these issues among the population.
Taifa stars Captain, Juma Kaseja will lead the whole team to become champions for WASH United and be featured in WASH United's campaigns in Tanzania and worldwide. In another development, Cranes coach Bobby Williamson has dropped defenders Joseph Owino (Azam FC) and Edward Ssali (Vipers) in his squad for the Tusker CECAFA Cup that kicks off next Saturday in Kampala on fitness ground.
He called up three new players to join the team including midfielders Hassan Wasswa (free agent) and Saidi Kyeyune (URA), plus defender Henry Kalungi (Carolina - USA) are the new arrivals. Wasswa and Kalungi had initially been rested for this tournament as Bobby promised to use it more for identifying fresh talent.
Kyeyune is getting his first call-up to the senior national team.