CECAFA Senior Challenge pushed back


Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has confirmed that the forthcoming CECAFA Senior Challenge in Kenya that was scheduled to start on 25th November to 9th December has been pushed back.

The regional championship will now commence on 3rd to 17th December. CECAFA has pushed back tournament dates for the 2017 edition.

The tournament will now be played between 3 and 17 December instead of 25 November – 9 December.

Zimbabwe’s Warriors will participate as a guest nation at the event to be hosted according to Kenya pic.twitter.com/zXjfQgCIzS— ZIFA @ online zifa) November 14, 2017.

Zimbabwe is among the two guest teams alongside Libya confirmed to grace this year’s edition of the Africa’s oldest tournament.

Kisumu, Nakuru, and Bungoma were named as host cities with Nairobi and Machakos put on standby.

However, questions have been raised over the country’s preparedness to host a successful tournament.

Less than two weeks to the initial kick-off date, no media or other partners have been unveiled and no date for draws has been communicated.

Kenya’s team to represent the country has also not been named.

Ethiopia staged the last CECAFA in 2015 which Uganda won. The 2016 showpiece did not take off for lack of host country due to leadership wrangles within the body.

Ten countries below have confirmed participation in the 2017 edition:

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan, Zanzibar, Libya (Guest) and Zimbabwe (Guest).


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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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