CECAFA tourney shelved for lack of host
15 December 2014, 11:42
Nairobi - The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup 2014 edition will not be held in 2014 owing to lack of a venue to host the tournament.
CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga told journalists on Sunday in Nairobi after the association' s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly that the rising costs of holding the tournament was the sole reason the annual event will not take place.
"At this time of the year we hold the annual general assembly to coincide with the tournament. However, this year we are unable to hold the championship because we failed to secure a host who would be able to fund the event by hosting 12 teams in one place," Tenga told journalists.
"We have to do something to reduce costs by way of looking at the structure of the event and coming up with one that is cost-effective as well as to develop football in the process," the chairman said.
He said in as much as CECAFA managed to secure some funding, it was not enough to host the event, and added that the presidents of CECAFA are in agreement that something ought to be done to cut costs.
"I personally called the presidents to the meeting on short notice and to have all of them here except one who is having his general assembly is a big achievement and show of commitment by our leaders to the development of football in the region.
Ethiopia withdrew from hosting the tournament and no other country showed interest in hosting the event in what has been described as a big blow to the region' s football.
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CECAFA General Secretary, Nicholas Musonye said a meeting of CECAFA presidents will be convened soon to look at the proposed structure.
"We have been holding CECAFA competitions every year since 1989. We are the only region in Africa that holds competition and to be unable to hold it this year does not mean people should go to the streets to say CECAFA has failed," Musonye said.
The general secretary said it costs up to about 600,000 U.S. dollars to host the completion in one venue for two weeks.
CECAFA member countries are Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zanzibar.
Kenya are the defending champions of the tournament having won the 2013 edition the country hosted.
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