Twelve Teams Confirm Participation in This Year’s Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup

Harambee Stars Players Lift the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Machakos//Photo Courtesy of Ghafla

Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye has revealed that a total of twelve teams have already confirmed their participation in this year’s Senior Challenge Cup slated for December 1-19 in Uganda.

He has also stated that three Non-Cecafa teams are also on standby.

“Twelve teams have confirmed their participation in the Challenge Cup, while three foreign teams are on standby. So any member team that wants to pull out can do so even now. Everything is set and we are all looking forward to another successful tournament in Uganda,” said Musonye as quoted by Standard Sports.

Kenya are the reigning Champions after beating Zanzibar Heroes 3-2 on post-match penalties in the 2017 finals at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

The CECAFA Cup (now the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup), is the oldest football tournament in Africa. A FIFA competition, it includes participants of football playing national teams from the East African Region.

Meanwhile, Musonye has taken a swipe at Tanzanian Giants Simba SC and Yanga who withdrew their participation from this year’s Cecafa Kagame Cup that was held in Rwanda.

“Those clubs that refuse to come here, pretending to have pre-season somewhere else they will soon know what Champions League football is. The tournament cannot fail to take place just because Simba and Yanga refused to participate. We have left it to their federation to deal with them,” said Musonye.

Ugandan giants KCCA lifted this year’s trophy after seeing off Azam from Tanzania.

KCCA pocketed $30,000 (Sh3million) in prize money while Azam took home $20,000 (Sh2m).

Left-back Mustafa Kizza’s second half strange goal is all that KCCA needed to dethrone Azam and lift their first Cecafa Kagame Cup trophy for the first time in 40 years.