Libya, Zimbabwe guest teams as Cecafa returns


Harambee Stars players train at the Safaricom stadium Kasarani on May 24, 2016. Harambee. Photo/Stafford Ondego/...
Harambee Stars players train at the Safaricom stadium Kasarani on May 24, 2016. Harambee. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

It’s all systems go for the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup. Speaking at a press briefing in Nairobi on Wednesday, Cecafa boss Nicholas Musonye flanked by Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa said that all measures are being put in place to ensure that Kenya hosts a successful event.

A total of 12 teams from the Ceacfa region will battle it out for honours with exception of Djibouti and Eritrea, whose places have been taken by Libya and Zimbabwe, who will grace the competition as guest teams.

The two week football bonanza will be staged across six venues; the Bukhungu in Kakamega, the  Mumias  Complex, Kisumu County Stadium, the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi , and at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

CECAFA secretary General Nicholas Musonye revealed the Kagame Cup which was earlier scheduled for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in June will be held in December, and hosted in Kenya.Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha
CECAFA secretary General Nicholas Musonye revealed the Kagame Cup which was earlier scheduled for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in June will be held in December, and hosted in Kenya.Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

The competition will run from November 25- December 10.

“Tournament is on; we are just working on sponsors aside from the government and broadcasters. The government will play its role,”Musonye said.

The competition will run from November 25- December 10.

Kenya last hosted the competition in 2013, when a double from Allan Wanga inspired Harambee Stars to a 2-0 win over Sudan on muddy Nyayo National Stadium pitch

The competition was however not held last year owing to lack of a ready host.

Azam FC forward Allan Watende Wanga carries Sudan Al-Khartoum SC based Antony Teddy Akumu during training session at Nyayo National stadium on November 11, 2015. Wanga is returning to AFC Leopards. Photo/Sportpicha

Kenya last hosted the competition in 2013, when a double from Allan Wanga inspired Harambee Stars to a 2-0 win over Sudan on muddy Nyayo National Stadium pitch.

Additional reporting by Jessica Barisa

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