CECAFA Challenge Cup: Kenya To Host Competition After CHAN Denial

Kenya is set to host the CECAFA Challenge Cup as a consolation to being denied hosting rights for CHAN.

The East African giant lost it’s CHAN hosting rights following a verdict by the CAF Executive Committee that the country was unprepared to host the 16-team continental competition due to the political climate.

CECAFA’s exco in its meeting held in Khartoum expressed solidarity with Kenya and vowed to bring the regional tournament to the country from late November to early December.

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The CECAFA Challenge Cup will return following a two-year-long absence.

In a press release from the Sudanese capital ahead of Friday’s Extraordinary General Assembly, CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye said the committee also endorsed Burundi to host the Under 17 and Rwanda Women championship both in November and early December.

The meeting also approved the agenda for the Extraordinary meeting set for Friday that will drastically overhaul the current CECAFA statutes and enact a new document to align CECAFA to CAF and FIFA.

COSAFA Chairman Philip Chiyangwa was in attendance. He endorsed an MOU entered into by CECAFA, COSAFA and UNAF and a joint meeting of the three zonal Unions which is to be held before the end of the year.

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CECAFA president Mutasim Gafar said Kenya will be supported to host the Challenge Cup but because of the current political situation in Kenya, another country will be proposed as a standby.

Gafar said CECAFA Programmes are back on track and the region will organize at least five competitions next year.

He added that Kagame Cup will be rebranded next year with a proposal to expand and make it bigger.

Musonye said the body will announce their sponsor for Kagame Cup and Challenge Cup next month.