CECAFA slammed over poor tournament lodgings

September 11, 2016 Articles Leave a comment


CECAFA, the East African regional football body, began their Women’s tournament in Uganda on Sunday, with Burundi walloping Zanzibar 10-1 in the opening Group A game, while Kenya beat Uganda’s Crested Cranes 4-0.

But it is the reported quality of accommodation – or the lack of it, rather – for the players, with up to 10 players reportedly sleeping in a single room, with just a toilet between them to share, that is gathering extremely negative headlines.

Kenya refused the accommodation provided and opted to lodge their players elsewhere.

When Nicolas Musonye, Cecafa’s General Secretary, was asked to comment on the sub-standard accomodation being provided to the players, he claimed the hosts bore full responsibility for the situation.

“Anything to do with accommodation and local transport and meals is handled by the hosts Uganda,” said Musonye.

Rogers Byamukama, the head of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the CECAFA tournament, told FootballisAfrica that the picture being painted, by some journalists covering the tournament, is “not true.”

“We have seven teams here and no single team is staying in a dormitory,” Byamukama insists.

“Players are paired, with two sharing a twin room. Uganda is staying at the FUFA technical centre. Tanzania, Burundi and Zanzibar are staying at the YMCA in Jinja, while Rwanda is staying at the YMCA annex.

“Kenya and Ethiopia chose to pay their expenses at the Nile Resort.

“What is important to note is that this particular competition has not been held for decades and at the last CECAFA congress, FA presidents voted to start organising ‘low-budget development competitions’ like this one, preferably in a school set-up.

“As the LOC, we have provided decent accomodation at the YMCA. The teams staying there have made no complaints whatsover to the LOC or CECAFA,” Byamukama said.

The next round of matches will be played on Monday, with the Kilimanjaro Queens of Tanzania facing Rwanda in Group B.









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