TANZANIA's envoys in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, Kilimanjaro Stars and Zanzibar Heroes, are expected to enjoy tremendous support from fans that will travel to Kampala, Uganda, where the tournament will take place.
The Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) has organized the tournament in cooperation with the Uganda's soccer governing body, FUFA, with the event scheduled to kick off on Saturday. In an effort to ensure the two Tanzanian outfits perform well in the tournament, Bukoba Veterans Sports Club has organized a trip to Kampala to support Kilimanjaro Stars and Zanzibar Heroes.
The club's Secretary General, Shija Richard, said all soccer fans from Kagera and the rest of the Lake Zone can join the Bukoba Veteran Sports Club members in the trip. "The trip aims at motivating Tanzanian teams so that they can excel in the biggest regional soccer event, apart from developing interest in supporting our teams," he said.
"We also think that our presence will boost competitiveness in the tournament," he added. He said over 60 fans are expected to travel to Kampala to cheer Kilimanjaro Stars and Zanzibar Heroes and the fans are currently finalizing procedures for entering Uganda.
He noted that on Sunday, the fans will travel to the Ugandan capital to support Kilimanjaro Stars when the team opens its campaign by clashing with North Sudan. "We have completed all required procedures including contacting the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) so that the latter can help us secure a special place where Tanzanian fans can sit and cheer their teams," said Richard.
"Hopefully, we will continue supporting our teams throughout their participation in the tournament," he added. He went on to request fans from other Lake Zone regions of Mara, Mwanza and Shinyanga to join forces with the Bukoba Veterans Sports Club. Meanwhile, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Issa Hayatou, arrived in Kampala on Thursday night ahead of this year's CECAFA Tusker Cup.
Hayatou was received at Entebbe International Airport by Fufa president Lawrence Mulindwa and CECAFA president, Leodegar Tenga, among others. The CAF boss was expected to attend the CECAFA Congress at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Friday morning before addressing the media in the afternoon according to a statement from the local federation, Fufa.
He was also set to attend a CECAFA Gala later at night. Hayatou will also preside over the official opening of this year's CECAFA Tusker Cup at Namboole Stadium on Saturday. The Ethiopia versus South Sudan duel will kick off Group A matches before a highly anticipated clash between Uganda and perennial rivals Kenya takes centre stage.