CECAFA Senior Challenge to kick off in December

Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) has confirmed kickoff of the senior challenge tournament beginning December 3-17.

The play-offs will feature teams from Kenya, Tanzania, Libya, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zanzibar and South Sudan.

Speaking to the media in Nairobi Thursday, the Secretary General CECAFA Nicholas Musonye said the tournament was pushed from November 25th due to logistical reasons which came about after the participating countries requested for an additional time to complete their leagues and fulfill some commitment forms, a process that took long.

Musonye added that the participating member countries would now have a one week break to prepare themselves for the tournament including the host country Kenya, to enable it complete their various preparations before the kick off.

The football matches will be held in Bukhungu stadium (Kakamega), Moi stadium (Kisumu) and Afraha stadium (Nakuru). However, due to the weather conditions that may vary, Kasarani stadium is on stand by and will be used if need arises, he said

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chairman Herbert Mwachiro said the government was fully behind them in hosting the event and expressed his gratitude to the three supporting counties.

He assured of security for both the locals and participating countries to ensure smooth and successful competitions.

Mwachiro expressed optimism that the event would be a success and would help Kenyans pickup themselves from the recent disappointment of not hosting African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Source: Kenya News Agency