Saints Overcome Baza in Epic Battle

The fate of the 2015 CECAFA Senior and Club Challenge Cups has been left in balance after the federations reported to have been awarded the hosting rights publicly denied the reports.

On Friday, ailment CECAFA general secretary Mr. Nicholas Musonye confided to Futaa, a Kenyan media house that they had come up with the decision to hold the two tournaments in Rwanda (seniors) and Tanzania (clubs) in a meeting held in Nairobi.

“This year’s CECAFA senior challenge will be hosted in Rwanda while CECAFA Kagame Cup will be hosted in by Tanzania. Uganda will in turn host the Under 17 championship,” Musonye reportedly told the media house.

However, in a turn of events, FERWAFA, the Rwandese FA has come out to strongly refute the claims in a statement on their official website.

“The Rwanda football federation(FERWAFA) is strongly denying media reports’ confirming Rwanda as hosts of the 2015 CECAFA senior challenge in November as it has been reported in several media outlets both local and international, citing or quoting general secretary of CECAFA,” the statement read in part

The President of FERWAFA, Mr.Vincent Nwanzita, also added by refuting claims. He said, “We are refuting any media reports that have linked FERWAFA as an institution confirming to host this tournament and do ask the general public to disregard them and qualify them as total misinformation or utter speculation.”

The Tanzanian body, TFF, was also quoted by IPPmedia saying they were unsure of hosting the annual event popularly known as Kagame cup. “TFF will decide on whether to host the event or not but so far we have the formal request from CECAFA,” the TFF information officer Mr Baraka Kizuguto told the media.

The 2014 senior challenge cup was not held due to lack of interest from member countries for hosting as it comes with a big financial burden while the club cup was held in Rwanda, El Merreikh emerging champions.
The Saints FC staged a late comeback to stun Baza Holdings FC in the FUFA Big League at their Kawanda home ground on Thursday.


Baza took the lead through Innocent Kinyera against the run of play and following a collision between The Saints defenders and then packed the bus hoping to hold on to the slim lead but it wasn’t to be.

The Saints stormed back through Alex Kitata and then Nicholas Odong. Both goals were headers. Odong had earlier on missed when his headed effort bounced off the grass-less ground, page hit the bar and went out of play.

Kickoff for the game was delayed with Baza arriving late at their own ground. Deliberate or not, the pitch was unmarked and no nets were on the goals. Baza players took turns to help mark the pitch and with the delays the referee was forced to play 40 minutes for each half.

But The Saints remained resolute and determined despite going a goal down in the 16th minute of the game.

Coach Mark Twinamatsiko made an early change, sacrificing Moses Okello for Viane Ssekajugo. The Saints created numerous chances but Baza held on.

Kitata shot inches wide, Joseph Kasekende blasted over the bar, Sam Matovu also had a shot saved and Fred Kyambadde faced the keeper but slotted wide.

The first half ended 1-0 to the hosts and the second half resumed with more urgency from the visitors. But Baza had other plans, they elbowed Ssekajugo and the boy needed medical attention.

The Saints played for six minutes with 10 men until a  change was made with Ssekajugo, an early substitution for Okello forced out. In came Nicholas Odong and Saad Kibirango for Matovu.

From a corner, Kitata headed in superbly. 1-1 and the pressure was on, game on.

Baza started panicking and within minutes Odong’s header bounced off the ground, hit the crossbar and out of play with the Baza goalie rooted to his feet, looking on.

Then Odong headed the winner with five minutes to play and The Saints had capped a remarkable comeback victory to go 51 points one behind Jinja Municipal Council (JMC) but with a game in hand.

The Saints will play this game in hand on Sunday at Soroti stadium.

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