Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) has lauded Kenya for hosting a successful 39th edition of the Senior Challenge Cup Championship that concluded on Sunday.
Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye praised the organisers of the tournament which he says was fantastic despite several challenges which included reorganisation of the fixtures after guest team Zimbabwe pulled out at the 11th hour.
“This was one of the most successful Cecafa Challenge Cups and I wish to take this opportunity to give thanks to Football Kenya Federation for a job well done,” said Musonye, while also lamenting the political undertones that have infiltrated regional football.
He added: “Football governance in the region has not been easy. Some forces of doom even wanted me out of Cecafa but I soldiered on in my bid to make the regional governing body better than I found it.”
Musonye is also glad that fans attendance during national team matches is improving unlike the 2013 Cecafa edition held in Kenya where only few turned up.
“A venue like Machakos recorded improved attendance each day while fans in Kisumu and Machakos were eager to watch the action. Cecafa will definitely give another chance to Kenya to host the tournament,” said Musonye while also urging corporates to come on board.
“I must laud Kisumu, Machakos and Kakamega counties for their commitment to support the 2017 Cecafa Challenge Cup and corporate entities need to take a cue in future tournaments,” he said.
Musonye also hinted that Uganda might host the 2018 Challenge Cup while Rwanda and Djibouti will host the Cecafa Women’s tournament and the boys under-17 respectively.