African Football

CECAFA Senior Challenge pushed back – ZIFA



Zimbabwe FA (ZIFA) has confirmed that the forthcoming CECAFA Senior Challenge in Kenya that was scheduled to start on 25th November to 9th December has been pushed back.

The regional championship will now commence on 3rd to 17th December.


Zimbabwe is among the two guest teams alongside Libya confirmed to grace this year’s edition of the Africa’s oldest tournament.

Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa last week, at a presser in Nairobi which was attended by the CECAFA’s Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, reiterated that the championship will take off as per the initial plans.

Kisumu, Nakuru and Bungoma were named as host cities with Nairobi and Machakos put on standby.

However questions have been raised over the country’s preparedness to host a successful tournament.

Less than two weeks to the initial kick-off date, no media or other partners have been unveiled and no date for draws has been communicated.

Kenya’s team to represent the country has also not been named.

Ethiopia staged the last CECAFA in 2015 which Uganda won. The 2016 showpiece did not take off for lack of host country due to leadership wrangles within the body.

The 10 countries below have confirmed participation in the 2017 edition:

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan, Zanzibar , Libya (Guest) and Zimbabwe (Guest).

About Bonface Osano

African Football Writer contributing @Soka25east | Commentator; appeared on @MySoccerAfrica, @KweseSports, @ntvkenya, others | Keen follower of African Football. E-mail:

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