By Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI (Xinhua)
-- Somalia and Sudan have
withdrawn from the regional 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge
Cup, with hosts Kenya being drawn to face stiff
competition from invited team, Libya, and neighbouring
organizers also announced in Nairobi on Thursday that
the other invited side, Zimbabwe, will travel for the
regional tournament whose start has been pushed back to
Dec. 3 despite the political turmoil in that country.
Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye said the remaining
10 teams had been placed in two groups with the top two
qualifying directly to the semi-finals.
communication with Zimbabwe despite what’s happening the
team will come. These are some of the reasons we had to
push forward the competition also bearing in mind we had
to comply with FIFA requirements by filling in forms
which took time,” Musonye told journalists in Nairobi.
held local football federation elections and the new
office is yet to summon a new team. Their league is also
ending on Dec. 7 and if they come for the tournament,
they will be forced to postpone the competition,” he
added noting Somalia would skip the competition since
they were reconstituting their national team.
has to prepare well for the task. I urge the Football
Kenya Federation and its national team to brace
themselves for an uphill task because as the hosts, they
must steer the tournament by doing well,” Musonye added.
In Group A,
Kenya’s Harambee Stars will be tested to the limits
after landing guest team Libya and Tanzania with former
champions, Rwanda and Zanzibar completing the pool.
winners, Uganda, the second invited guest team,
Zimbabwe, Burundi, Ethiopia and Southern Sudan will vie
for semi-final places from Group B.
Local Organising Committee (LOC) head Herbart Mwachiro
declared they considered participating teams FIFA
Rankings and past performances in deciding the pools.
Kakamega and Moi Stadium in Kisumu, all in Western
Kenya, will host the Group A and B of the 10-team
competition with Kenya opening the 2017 Cecafa with a
testing clash against the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda on
Uganda to face Zimbabwe in regional challenge Cup
KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Defending Champions Uganda Cranes will
open their 2017 Council of East and Central African
Football Association (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup
are the champions of the Council of Southern African
Football Association will face Uganda on Dec. 4,
according to draws made on Thursday.
tournament is scheduled to run from Dec. 3-17 in the
Kenyan towns Kakamega, Kisumu and Nakuru.
Musonye, the Cecafa Secretary General, said, “We are
getting set to have a very fruitful tournament which
will also help our teams that have qualified for the
2018 Africa Nations Championship to prepare better.”
Zimbabwe are in Group B with South Sudan, Ethiopia and
Burundi. Group A features Kenya, Rwanda, Libya,
Tanzania, and Zanzibar.