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Kenya’s last minute pull out forces Cecafa to cancel Challenge Cup

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November 14 – In the latest blow to the administration of African football, the 12-member Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) has cancelled its Senior Challenge Cup, scheduled to start later this month.

The organisation’s secretary general Nicholas Musonye said the move was a bid to align their activities with the international calendar and that the regional tournament – featuring Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi – will therefore be switched to June/July.

But he also revealed that Kenya withdrew as hosts for financial reasons and no replacement could be found.

“There was a spirited attempt by us to get an alternatives host, but the timing was also impossible,” he said.  “It is unfortunate we cannot have the Challenge Cup that brings together all nation teams in the region.”

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