President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan has offered US$100,000 towards the on-going CECAFA Women’s Champions League in Nairobi, Kenya.
The CECAFA Zonal qualifier for the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League started on August 28th and will climax on September 9th.
Wallace Karia, President of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) confirmed to Sport News Africa that the President of Tanzania has already sent the US$100,000 that will cater for cash prizes and other expenses of the tournament.
“We are very delighted that the President of Tanzania has come to support Women’s football in the region. She will also be sponsoring a tournament every year to be called the Samia Suluhu Women’s Championship,” added Karia.
The CECAFA President said that the region needs more and more partnerships with sponsors to come on board and support football. “With more sponsors on board, football in the region will continue to group,” added Karia.
He explained that the US$100,000 offered by the Tanzania President for this year’s Women’s Champions League will cater for the cash prizes for the best teams, individual winners, as well as to purchase various prizes and cater for other expenses related to the prize.
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan now joins Rwanda President Paul Kagame to support football in the CECAFA region. Kagame has financially supported the regional CECAFA Club Championship since 2002 and the event is named after him as the Kagame Club Championship.
The CECAFA zonal qualifiers for the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League attracted eight teams; Simba Queens (Tanzania), Lady Doves (Uganda), PVP FC (Burundi), FAD FC (Djibouti), Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (Tanzania), Yei Joint Stars FC (South Sudan), Vihiga Queens (Kenya) and New Generations FC (Zanzibar).
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