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Tough opponents await Ulinzi in regional tourney

Kenyan Premier League side, Ulinzi Stars, could face African champions TP Mazembe, Egyptian giants Al Ahly and hosts Al Hilal in this year’s edition of the Nile Basin football tournament.

The competition will be hosted in Sudan’s two cities of Khartoum and Kordofan, between May 22 and June 4.

The competition, currently in its second edition, is organized by the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa).

“We are inviting all teams that came second in our respective leagues across the Cecafa region, plus guests teams from Egypt and the DRC, countries that are part of the Nile Basin. This is a fully funded competition so we will cater for air fare, accommodation and in house transport for all the visiting teams and officials,” Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye told Nairobi News.


Also in the frame to compete in this competition is Uganda’s most popular team Sports Club (SC) Villa, Tanzania’s glamour club Azam FC, Rwanda’s Rayon Sport, Coffee from Ethiopia and Eritrea’s Red Sea.

Four-time Kenyan champions, Ulinzi, have however struggled on the regional and continental front in the past.

The last time out, the military side only managed to reach the quarter finals at the Cecafa Kagame Club championship Cup.

The top three finishers at the Nile Basin tournament will pocket Sh3,000,000, Sh2,000,000 and Sh1,000,000 respectively.

Ugandan club SC Victoria University won the inaugural edition of the tournament by defeating AFC Leopards 2-1 in final two years ago in Sudan.