By Joshua Ondeke
The 2017 Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) championship is set to kick off on November 25 and end on December 10.
The championship will consist of 12 countries with Zimbabwe and Libya featuring as guests in this year’s edition and as a replacement to Djibouti and Eritrea, who will not participate in the championship. Djibouti dissolved the national team and Eritrea has problems concerning players running away when they participate in international competitions.
The championship has seized in action for almost a year, and this is the first time Kenya is hosting CECAFA since 2013 when it won 1-0 against Sudan in the final to lift the trophy.
According to Futaa.com, CECAFA chairman Nicholas Musonye and Herbert Mwachiro, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) member, who is to oversee the hosting, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa assured that the tournament hosting will usher in more games and competitions to come to Kenya.
“As far as we are concerned, we have full confidence the championship will take place. Kenyan has shown its ready from their hosting of international friendlies. We want to assure Kenya and the people of East Africa that we are ready and the tournament is on,” said Nicholas Musonye, CECAFA Secretary.
Additionally, the tournament will feature key national stadiums including Mumias, Bukhungu, Kisumu’s Moi stadium and Afraha are among the venues to host the championship with Kasarani and Machakos set as stand-by.