2012 CECAFA Cup
|CECAFA Tusker Challenge Cup|
|Dates||24 November-8 December|
|Teams||12 (from 2 sub-confederations)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Uganda (13th title)|
|Goals scored||62 (2.38 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| John Bocco
(5 goals each)
|Best player||Brian Umony|
|Best goalkeeper||Hamza Muwonge|
The 2012 CECAFA Cup, sponsored by East African Breweries and officially named the 2012 CECAFA Tusker Challenge Cup, was the 36th edition of the annual CECAFA Cup, an international football competition consisting of national teams of member nations of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA). The tournament, which was held in Uganda from 24 November to 8 December, saw South Sudan participate in their first international football tournament. Hosts Uganda beat Kenya in the final to extend their record to 13 titles.
- 1 Background
- 2 Participants
- 3 Match officials
- 4 Squads
- 5 Group stage
- 6 Knockout stage
- 7 Top scorers
- 8 Awards
- 9 Final rankings
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
From November 2011, the tournament was planned to take place in Kenya, and preparations already began to take place, including the renovation of the Moi Stadium in Kisumu. However, in August 2012, CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye said that it would be moved to Uganda after a request from the tournament sponsors, East African Breweries. This sparked heated debate between Musonye and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Chairman Sam Nyamweya, who had even received support from South Sudan to host the tournament in Kenya.
Matches were played at the Namboole Stadium, with a capacity of 45,202. They were also to be played at the Nakivubo Stadium, which can hold 15,000 people. However, CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye decided to move the remaining group games from the Namboole Stadium since it had been in bad shape due to heavy rains. It was confirmed that on Saturday, 1 December, Somalia would play Tanzania at the Lugogo Stadium at 14:00 UTC+3 while Eritrea would take on Rwanda at the same venue two hours later. On the same day, Sudan were to play Burundi at the Wankulukuku Stadium at 14:00 UTC+3, and finally Malawi to play Zanzibar at the same stadium two hours later.
The draw for teams to participate in the tournament was held on 12 November 2012. It was originally scheduled for 8 November, but was postponed for undisclosed reasons. Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe had all expressed interest in participating in the tournament. Botswana's interest to join had eventually "fallen off", while Cameroon were not considered as they wanted to send their under-23 team. Côte d'Ivoire and Zambia, having qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, were ineligible to enter. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) rules do not allow teams to compete in another competition within a two-month period of the Africa Cup of Nations. Ethiopia also qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but still took part as they are members of CECAFA. On 6 November 2012, the Football Association of Malawi announced that they had been officially invited to the tournament as a guest team. They replaced Djibouti, which pulled out due to administrative reasons.
Tournament sponsors East African Breweries set a US$450,000 budget for the tournament, including US$30,000 as prize money for the winning team. The runners-up and third-placed teams received US$20,000 and US$10,000 respectively.
The following teams were confirmed to participate in the tournament:
- Assistant referees
The group stage began on 24 November and ended on 1 December. The matchdays were 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 November and 1 December.
If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in descending order):
|24 November 2012|
|Ethiopia||1–0||South Sudan||Namboole Stadium|
|27 November 2012|
|South Sudan||0–2||Kenya||Namboole Stadium|
|30 November 2012|
|South Sudan||0–4||Uganda||Namboole Stadium|
|25 November 2012|
|28 November 2012|
|1 December 2012|
|26 November 2012|
|29 November 2012|
|1 December 2012|
Third place qualification
In addition to the group stage winners and runners-up, the two best third-placed teams were ranked at the end of the group stage to determine who would qualify for the knockout stage.
The kncokout stage began on 3 December with the quarter-finals and ended on 8 December with the final. In this stage, teams play against each other once. The losers of the semi-finals play against each other in a third place playoff where the winner is placed third overall in the entire competition.
|Zanzibar||2 (2)||Third place|
The quarter-finals were played on 3–4 December 2012.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|Burundi||0–0 (5–6 p)||Zanzibar|
The semi-finals were played on 6 December 2012.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|Zanzibar||2–2 (2–4 p)||Kenya|
Third place playoff
|8 December 2012||Tanzania||1 – 1
(5 – 6 p)
|Zanzibar||Namboole Stadium, Kampala|
|16:00 UTC+3||Bocco 3'
Ab. Osman 85'
Referee: Dennis Batte (Uganda)
|8 December 2012||Uganda||2 – 1||Kenya||Namboole Stadium, Kampala|
|18:00 UTC+3||Ssentongo 28'
|Referee: Thierry Nkurunziza (Burundi)
|2012 CECAFA Cup Champions|
- 5 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Player of the Tournament: Brian Umony
- Top goalscorer of the Tournament: Robert Ssentongo
- Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Hamza Muwonge
Teams are ranked using the same tie-breaking criteria as in the group stage, except for the top four teams.
|Eliminated in the quarter-finals|
|Eliminated in the group stage|
(1) – Total games lost not counted in total games played (total games lost = total games won)
(2) – Total number of games drawn (tied) for all teams = Total number of games drawn (tied) ÷ 2 (both teams involved)
(3) – As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.
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- CECAFA 2012 official website
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