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CECAFA organisers admit 'key' failures

11 December 2013, 15:24

Nairobi - Organisers of the CECAFA Senior Chellenge Cup have admitted that they have had key challenges especially financial ones that have led to some embarrassing scenarios for the country.

A number of teams have been detained in hotels due to non-payment of bills while there have been many logidtical issues that have plagued the tourney.

" Honestly, we have had challenges settling bills at once. We have also done our best to seek sponsorship. However, it is also baffling that even after the Kenyan Government undertook to settle the bills, some hotels rejected Government's  written commitment. We leave it to Kenyans to judge for themselves, FKF president Sam Nyamweya said.

"We had a lot of challenges as you would expect in executing a tournament of this magnitude. The Government of Kenya also came to our support by undertaking to pay Sh41 million in hotel bills.

"It is in such times that you need friends to count on. We are grateful also to title sponsors GOTV, Supersport, Coca Cola and other benefactors. We call upon other sponsors to come on board to help offset other pending bills, he added.

CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye said that despite the many challenges, CECAFA fully backed Kenya's case.

" "Kenya deserves a pat on the back. Despite a lack of adequate sponsors, FKF have done their best to ensure they staged a successful tournament. Kenya deserves another chance to host Cecafa tournaments. Despite all the challenges Kenya have demonstrated they can host big events.

To date, several teams are yet to leave the country despite having been knocked out of the tournament.

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