Tanzanian Queens fire warning ahead of Cecafa
Published on: August 24, 2021 05:55 (EAT)
Tanzanian women’s premier league champions Simba Queens are set to arrive in the country on Wednesday ahead of the Cecafa Women’s Club Championship which will kick off on Saturday in Nairobi. The championship which will act as CAF Women’s Champions League Zonal qualifiers was set to kick-off on July 17 in Nairobi, but was postponed due to financial constraints from the host country. The competition will run from August 29 to September 7, Kenya hosting the event as earlier planned. In an interview with Citizen Digital, Simba Queens manager Selemani Makanya confirmed that the Tanzanian heavyweights will touch down on Wednesday ahead of the event, sending warning to opposing teams to be ready for a tough competition. “I am already in the country; I arrived early on Sunday so that I can take care of all logistics…The team is expected to arrive on Wednesday for the showpiece via Namanga boarder,” said Makanya adding that, “The girls have had intensive training and the spirit is very high in the camp and I don’t have any injury worries.” The tournament will involve 10 countries after Rwandan side Scandinavian pulled out citing Covid-19 challenges. Being the host nation, Kenya will be represented by Vihiga Queens who earlier were pooled in Group C against Scandinavian (Rwanda), and FAD Club (Djibouti). Group A comprises Lady Doves (Uganda), PVP Buyenzi (Burundi), and Simba Queens (Tanzania), while Group B has Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Yei Join Stars (South Sudan), and New Generations FC (Zanzibar). The winner for the CAF Women’s Champions League qualifiers (CECAFA) will represent the East Africa region in the Women’s CAF Club Champions League to be staged on November and December 2021 in Cairo Egypt.