The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) has endorsed Kenya to host the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
Nicholas Musonye, the Cecafa Secretary General told this publication on Thursday evening that the decision was reached by the executive committee members during a meeting in Khartoum, Sudan.
Last Saturday CAF announced that Kenya had lost the chance to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) because they were not prepared and also the political tension in the country.
“The members expressed solidarity with Kenya over the CHAN failure but assured Kenyans that they will encourage Kenya to host the Challenge Cup in late November to early December,” added Musonye.
Mutasim Gafar, the Cecafa President said Kenya will be supported to host the event, but because of the current political situation in Kenya, another country will be proposed as standby hosts during the extra ordinary meeting today.
Uganda Cranes are the Senior Challenge Cup defending champions after they defeated Rwanda in the 2015 final in Ethiopia.
Musonye also made it clear that the executive committee endorsed Burundi to host the Cecafa Under 7 Championship, while Rwanda will host the Cecafa Women’s Championship all in November.
The 12 members of Cecafa will meet on Friday for an extra ordinary meeting where they are expected to overhaul the current Cecafa statutes and enact a new document to align it with CAF and that of world governing body FIFA.
Gafar said Cecafa tournaments are back on track and the region will organize at least five competitions next year.