2012 In Review
The ninth East Africa Cup took place during the last week of June 2012, and featured teams from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. As well as football, volleyball and sitting volleyball there was a wide range of workshops including first aid, refereeing, animation, conflict resolution, leadership skills and HIV prevention, there was music, dancing and theatre from all over East Africa...
[Written by: Nick Raistrick, February 2013]
Whilst the 2012 event was considered by organisers to be a resounding success, the EAC faces a major funding challenge. This has led to teams being forced to pay their own transport costs. Many of the teams are from poor districts, and the distances from places like South Sudan and Zimbabwe to the tournament venue in Tanzania can be vast. As a result there were a number of teams who couldn't make it in 2012.
On the upside, a number of new teams featured, many of them from closer to Moshi itself. There was also a delegation from Somalia at the event on a scoping mission to learn about community sport in East Africa and how it can engage young people.
Community theatre, music and dancing was another new feature, as Moshi residents were entertained by a range of young East African performers at a number of 'pop up' theatre events in the streets of Moshi.
Following on from its 2011 introductionat the EAC, there was standing volleyball, and sitting volleyball for people with physical disability as well as football.