NAIROBI, November 13 (Xinhua) – Kenya has pulled the rage on the East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Council by decreasing to host this year's Regional Senior Challenge Cup.
Nicholas Musonye, Secretary General of CECAFA, confirmed Tuesday that the oldest contest that will lead from Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi will not be held this year.
A change of date of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) to bring the annual Champions League and Confederation Cup to December and November also dropped the keys in the jobs that denied CECAFA time to secure an alternative host.
"It was an exciting attempt to get an alternative host, but the time was also impossible. The CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup matches will start this November-December from the opening round," said Musonye on Tuesday.
Kenya are the defending champions after striking Zanzibar in last year's competition. CECAFA now wants to adjust its calendar with FIFA to avoid a repetition disorder.
"We are now adjusting our regional competition calendar and we adopt the dates chosen by FIFA, which means that we reformat a part of the competition, including the Kagame Cup and the Senior Challenge Cup, which is being played in June," added Musonye.
"Tanzania and Rwanda have shown interest in hosting the Kagame Cup while the Senior Challenge Cup will be played in early July, although we will not yet secure a host nation. It will be known after our General Assembly next month in Uganda."
CECAFA has fought with financial issues and has been bailed by Rwanda president Paul Kagame on several occasions.
Musonye, however, wants the CAF to sponsor some of the competitions, which is crucial for raising the standards for sports in the region.
FIFA has then released one million US dollars to go to football development in the East Africa region and Musonye said they set up structures to capitalize on and grow talent.
"It is important that we organize the tournaments every year. They are critical to the development of players. We start with the under-20 championships in Uganda in December," said Musonye.