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Heegan win Somalia title, head for Kagame Cup event in Dar es Salaam

Tanzania Football Federation brace for hosting competitive tournament featuring star-studded teams, including Kenya champions for the past two seasons, Gor Mahia


POLICE soccer club Heegan have won the 10-team Somalia Nation Link Telecom League after the only team that would have denied them, Jeenyo, had their hopes dashed by a 2-1 defeat on Monday by Banadir Sports Club in Mogadishu.

Striker Dadir Amin Ali scored the winning brace, finding the mark on either of side of half time. It was Banadir’s first win over Jeenyo in three seasons.

Guarantee

Even with two matches left, Heegan’s already accumulated 36 points from 16 matches guaranteed them of the championship and a ticket to this year’s Cecafa [Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations] Kagame Cup club tournament set for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from July 15.

Heegan clinched the 2014/15 Somalia title without having to play on Monday and when they face Sahafi of Thursday they will be looking ahead to the Kagame Cup. They round off the season on June 9 against Banadir, the former giants who frequently represented Somalia in the Cecafa event.

Crowned

Jeenyo United and Banadir will be vying second place of the league. Each of them requires victory in their last match to stay in contention. Jeenyo face Horseed, another former East Africa great, on Sunday while Banadir close with the newly crowned champs, Heegan.

Meanwhile Tanzania Football Federation [TFF] are hoping to stage a successful Kagame Cup. The federation head Jamal Malinzi had said earlier that they were awaiting the Cecafa secretariat to confirm the team to attend. He said them home league – Vodacom Premier League – winners on 2013/14, Azam, would lead the Tanzania Mainland campaign alongside Young Africans who were runners-up that season. Yanga, incidentally are also the current champions of the recently concluded VPL championship.

Sudan giants

A third Tanzania Mainland team may also be invited and that would be Mbeya City who finished third in the 2013/14 season. The choice may depend on a TFF decision. This season top three teams in the VPL were Yanga, Azam and Simba. Zanzibar will also be entering another Tanzania side.

Defending Kagame Cup champions are El Merreikh of Sudan but with a heavy [Africa] Champions League schedule, alongside Omdurman rivals Al Hilal, around the time of the Cecafa event, the two giants may not be coming to Dar es Salaam with Sudan Football Association probably nominating Al Ahly Shandy and Khartoum National.

Flair

The Kagame Cup promises thrills with traditional East African icon, Gor Mahia, the Kenya champions in the past two seasons, featuring with a star-studded team. Cruising to an imposing lead in the current Kenyan Premier League that is coming towards a June mid-way break, Gor Mahia’s composition includes an East African and international flair including;

Abdoul Nizigiyimana (Burundi)

Abouba Sibomana (Rwanda)

Israel Emuge, Godfrey Walusimbi, Khalid Aucho, Meddie Kagere (Uganda)

Dikir Glay (Liberia)

– And Simone Pierre, a refugee

– Additional reporting by Somali FA Media Department