Regional body confirms Uganda to host 2012 Senior Challenge Cup

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The Council for East and central African Football Associations (Cecafa) has confirmed Uganda will host the regional Tusker Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup that starts in November.

The council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) has confirmed Uganda will host the regional Tusker Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup that starts in November.

Nicholas Musonye, the Cecafa Secretary General, told URN on phone from Nairobi this morning that they had given the hosting rights to Uganda although originally Kenya was meant to host the regional event.

Musonye said Cecafa had to abide by the sponsors' wish to move this year’s tournament to Kampala. Cecafa-Tusker senior challenge cup kicks off late November and ends mid December of every year. Tanzania has hosted this lucrative tournament twice since the Tanzanian franchise of East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL) started sponsoring the tourney in 2010. The sponsor’s contract expires after this year’s tournament.

Musonye also reacted to criticism leveled against the regional body by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Chairman Sam Nyamweya accusing the leadership of plotting to change the venue for this year’s Senior Challenge Cup.

Nyamweya accused Cecafa of diverting from the earlier position of having the tournament held in Nairobi. Musonye however laughed off the accusations saying that it was important to take the tournament where sponsors were willing to give out cash instead of relying on ‘empty promises’.

"The sponsors preferred this year’s Challenge Cup to be taken to Kampala and that is what we will abide with. Nyamweya can say whatever he wants but the decision is final and we will not bend low to start throwing words through the press.” Musonye hit back. Uganda Cranes are the defending champions after defeating Rwanda last year.

 

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