Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has postponed hosting of the 2018 CECAFA Women Challenge Cup which was scheduled to be staged in Kigali City from May 12-22, 2018.
According to FERWAFA, the decision to postpone the tournament was taken by FERWAFA Management on Tuesday.
“The reason behind the postponement of the tournament is basically due to the unavailability of hosting funds initially meant to be sent to Rwanda FA by the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA),”
“With just a few days to the start of the tournament initially set for Saturday, May 12, 2018, CECAFA has not communicated to Rwanda FA when the hosting funds will be availed to ensure the smooth organization of the tournament,” the statement on their website read.
The statement further read, “Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) will take a decision to host this tournament upon reception of hosting funds. At that time, both FERWAFA and CECAFA will sit to decide on the suitable dates when this tournament will be staged.”
Meanwhile, the Rwanda National Women Football Team which has been in camp since last week has also ended their training session and focus will be switched to the first division Women Football League.
Early this year, the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) announced that the world football governing body, FIFA would sponsor four of their tournaments this year.
He said FIFA has agreed to fully sponsor the U-17 and CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup that will take place in Burundi and Rwanda respectively in April.
He also made it clear that FIFA will finance the Beach Soccer and Women U-20 Championships that will all take place in Uganda in September.
During his campaign to become FIFA president, Gianni Infantino mentioned that he would give every regional body like CECAFA and Cosafa 1 million USD each for development purposes. Last year the CECAFA region did not get support from FIFA.
The regional body is also working hard to make sure the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and the Kagame Cup.