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Tusker Challenge Cup venue altered again in a week
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16:29, July 25, 2007

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The venue for this year's Tusker Challenge Cup soccer tournament has been moved again within a week due to various reasons.

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) announced on Tuesday that the venue had been moved from Morogoro to Mwanza. The cup tourney was originally planned to be played in Dar es Salaam.

The venue was first changed late last week due to the fact that the FIFA-sponsored artificial turf had got stuck in the port clearance process and therefore could not be fitted in the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam for the start of the tourney.

The venue was changed again this week due to the poor turnout of spectators at the Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro during the Tanzania Mini-League Tournament.

TFF Secretary-General Fredrick Mwakalebela confirmed to the local press that the TFF and the tournament sponsors had finally decided to move the tourney to Mwanza where Tanzania's games in the 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifiers had been played.

The six-team tourney will now be play at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.

This year's Tanzania Mini-League titlists Simba SC are drawn into Group A along with Tusker of Kenya and defending champions Kagera Sugar of Tanzania.

Mini-League runners-up Young Africans play SC Villa of Uganda and Mtibwa Sugar of Tanzania in Group B.

But Wednesday's edition of the ThisDay newspaper reported that Simba SC might pull out of the cup tourney due to sponsoring differences with the main sponsors of the tourney.

Source: Xinhua

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