NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Libya and Zimbabwe have been added to the
12-nation roster for the 2017 Council of East and Central Africa
(Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup that will be held in Kenya from
Nov. 25 to Dec. 6.
football tournament that is the oldest of its kind in Africa,
returns after a two-year hiatus with Libya and Zimbabwe listed
as guest teams.
14-time winners Uganda who lifted the 2015 Cecafa title in
Ethiopia, hosts Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda,
Southern Sudan, Zanzibar, Burundi and Somalia complete the
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa, the
guests will take the places of Djibouti and Eritrea who will not
“This year’ s
competition will have Libya and Zimbabwe replacing Djibouti and
Eritrea who have been dormant in international assignments hence
requested to be excluded,” Mwendwa told journalists in Nairobi
The fixtures are
planned for the Moi Stadium (Kisumu), Bukhungu Stadium (Kakamega)
and Afraha Stadium (Nakuru).
“We couldn’t have it
in Nairobi since Nyayo is undergoing renovation while Kasarani
has been put on hold for a function.
“We want to use
football to pacify the nation after a hot political environment.
We also want to promote friendship among people of different
divide within this region,” the country’s football chief added.
“We have received
assurance from the government who will fund a proportion of the
estimated budget,” Mwendwa further said, adding Herbert Mwachiro
will head the Local Organizing Committee for the tournament.
“We are promising a
credible tournament with beefed up security. People will be
surprised at how peaceful it will be in the chosen venues.
“Kenya has never had
a problem of security and football is a unifying movement.
Expect to see both sides of the political divide mingling with
ease,” Cecafa General Secretary, Nicholas Musonye, underscored
at the same function.
“At Cecafa, we have
engaged sponsors and broadcasters whom we shall reveal in due
course. We want this year’s edition to bring back the good
memories the tournament has had from the days of Gosage Cup,” he
With heavy rains
pounding the country, organisers have set aside Kenyatta Stadium
in Machakos and the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani as
This is to caution against the wet weather should the scheduled
venues be rendered unplayable.