Uganda Revenue Authority FC will represent Uganda in next year’s Mapinduzi Cup to be played in Zanzibar.
The tournament, played to commemorate Zanzibar Revolution Day, features some of the biggest football clubs within the region and is the biggest football tournament in Zanzibar and second to the Cecafa Kagame Cup in regional club competitions.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Culture, Arts and Sports, Omari Kingi said there are three teams from the Tanzania, one team from Uganda while hosts Zanzibar will field six teams in this coming event.
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) which has won the tournament previously and was runners up in the last edition is the only foreign team in the tournament race ahead of event’s kick off next month.
The Dar-es-Salaam derby is likely to feature in next year’s tournament as all three Tanzanian giants Simba, Young Africans and Azam FC are among the 10 teams listed with regulars Mtibwa Sugar and Singida United left out
Zanzibar will be represented by KMKM, KVZ, Malindi, Mlandege, Jamhuri and Chipukizi. However, champions like JKU and Zimamoto who represented Zanzibar in CAF level tournaments, have been left out.
The committee of 12 members will oversee the tournament and will be led by Sharifa Khamis, the Ministry’s Sports Commissioner. Other members of the committee are Khamis Ali Mzee (Vice Chairman), Khamis Abdallah Said (Secretary) and members Iman Duwe, Mohammed Ali, Mwalim Ali Mwalim, Ali Khalil Mirza, Ambar Sharif, Issa Mlingoti, Ali Abdallah, Fatma Rajab Hamad, Abubakar Bakhresa and Juma Mmanga.
Azam go to Zanzibar as defending champions, they were crowned champions after beating URA by 4-3 penalty shootout in a tense final held at the Amaan Stadium. The annual tournament will climax on January 12.
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