Cecafa challenge Cup set for Nov. 24
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THE 2013 Cecafa Challenge Cup will kick on November 24 to December 8 in Kenyan capital of Nairobi, according to the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations.
The Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye confirmed the development saying that they have met with the Kenya FA and decided the competition, which brings together national sides in the region, takes place November 24 to December 8.
He said the Kenya FA have also confirmed their readiness to host the event, which will have Malawi as the only guest side.
During the Cecafa congress held in Kampala, Uganda, last year Rwanda and Kenya were picked as potential hosts.
But the Rwanda FA opted to host next year’s event as a dress rehearsal for the 2016 CHAN competition.
The last time Kenya hosted the championship was in 2009 but attendances were depressingly low.
This year’s event will cost the Kenya Football Association a tune of KSh60m (Rwf. 453 millions). The Kenya FA is yet to get a sponsor after a three-year deal with East African Breweries Limited (EABL) lapsed last year.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Chairman Sam Nyamweya said on Wednesday that they will require Sh60 million to stage the event, which will coincide with the celebrations for Kenya’s 50-years of independence.
“We have held several planning meetings among ourselves and even with Cecafa.
I want to assure all our partners and sponsors that we are determined to have a successful competition. We plan to make public our sponsors who have shown interest,” Nyamweya said.
Musonye also sounded confident saying, “We’re now trying to get a big sponsor for the event and hopefully we shall have one before the end of next month,”
This year’s tournament will be held when Kenya is celebrating 50-years since independence and the government, Nyamweya said, has taken an interest in having a successful event.
The two-week event will also give Coach Eric Nshimiyimana an opportunity to identify his team for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which kick off early next year.
Having been edged out of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Rwanda will be looking forward to doing better in the regional tournament where they reached the quarter final last year in Kampala.
Member countries that will take part include Tanzania, Zanzibar, Burundi, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya and defending champions Uganda.
FKF is planning plans to invite at least three guest teams for this year’s regional tournament to be held in Nairobi and Kisumu. According to Nyamweya, they have narrowed down on inviting Malawi, Ivory Coast and Zambia.