A record 14 clubs from the 11 Confederation of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) member states confirmed Saturday their participation in the 31st edition of the Club Championship slated for April 21 to May 7 in Tanzania.
Due to varying reasons, the competition has not been attended by more than 10 clubs in the past; however, the secretariat has confirmed that this time, all eleven members will be represented.
"For the first time, we have received confirmation from all the eleven countries meaning that this year's tournament will be full house, with a total of fourteen clubs taking part in the competition," according to a CECAFA press release.
For the fifth year running, the competition will be bankrolled by the Rwandan President Paul Kagame to a tune of 60,000 US dollars in prize money.
The winner takes 30,000, while losing finalist takes 20,000 as the third placed team bags 10,000. The tournament will also have Western Union and Tanzania Breweries as co-sponsors.
The fourteen teams have been pooled in three groups:
Group A: Yanga (Tanzania), Inter Stars (Burundi), St. George (Ethiopia), Ulinzi (Kenya) and Police (Zanzibar)
Group B: Simba (Tanzania), APR (Rwanda), Police (Uganda) , SID (Djibouti) and El Hilal Port (Sudan).
Group C: SC Villa (Uganda), Moro United (Tanzania), Al Tahrir (Eritrea) and Elman (Somalia)
Top three teams in groups A and B and top two in group C qualify for the quarterfinals.