In Summary
  • For starters, the 12-team annual football competition involving national teams from East and Central Africa will be staged in Kisumu, Nakuru, Kakamega and Mumias, plus, possibly, Nairobi and Machakos, over two weeks, starting November 25.

An opportunity to host the 39th edition of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup later this month couldn't have come at a better time for Kenya.

And here is why.

For starters, the 12-team annual football competition involving national teams from East and Central Africa will be staged in Kisumu, Nakuru, Kakamega and Mumias, plus, possibly, Nairobi and Machakos, over two weeks, starting November 25.

This was confirmed at a press briefing Wednesday, by the regional football body's secretary general Nicholas Musonye and Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa.

While at it, Zimbabwe and Libya are some of the big-name teams coming in for this one, a team-list that should cause considerable excitement already. The Mediterranean Knights and Warriors will grace this tourney as guest teams.

The invitation list meanwhile, also has the likes of Ethiopia, defending champions Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi, making it a potentially exciting festive season tournament for fanatics from the region.

Crucially, this competition comes at a time Kenya is still smarting from the embarrassment of losing the hosting rights for the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (Chan).

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