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Cecafa Cup draw set for Wednesday


STARS-ERITREANAIROBI, Kenya, November 11 – The draw for this year’s Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, will be conducted on Wednesday, tournament director Gerald Chege has declared.

According to Chege, they are just waiting communication from Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, to confirm teams that will take part in the regional showpiece that will run from November 27 to December 12 in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Machakos and Mumias.

“We are ready to host the tournament and the Local Organizing Committee is working hard to see every thing is in order.

“Several partners have shown interest to support Cecafa, Coca-Cola and GOtv have come on board as associate partners while SuperSport will broadcast all the matches.

“We also appeal to the Government to be part of the tournament because Cecafa is in the itinerary of Kenya’s 50 years celebration of independence and for this reason the state should come on board and support the tournament financially,” the tournament director told Capital Sport.

“Every year we have a theme for the tournament, and this year we settled on Peace, I want to clarify that it’s not only about Somalia, but a regional peace initiative including our country,” he explained on the theme which Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chairman, Sam Nyamweya dubbed ‘Peace for Somalia’ that saw Somali Football Federation denounce it.

FKF CEO, Michael Esakwa confirmed the venues for the event have been settled and will be ready before the tournament.

“The issue of venues is not a problem because on Sunday, Super-Sport team went for a recce in Mombasa, Kisumu and Machakos stadiums and assured they are at an advanced stage,” the CEO assured.

Kenya will host the regional tournament for the first time since 2009 and will look to reclaim the title after 11 years.