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Kenya withdraws from hosting 2018 CECAFA tournament

Nick Mwendwa speaking to the media about Kenya withdrawing from hosting this year’s CECAFA (photo by Agency)

NAIROBI – Kenya Football governing body Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has revealed financial constraints a reason behind it not hosting the 2018 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

The tournament comprises of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zanzibar, South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia.

“Kenya will not be able to host the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup due to financial constraints. We have asked the organizing body to get a new host,” Nick Mwendwa, the FKF president as quoted by the Standard Digital.

Kenya had been handed the rights to host the regional football tournament last year when Harambee Stars were crowned champions.

CECAFA secretariat has now a task of finding who takes over the hosting rights of the tournament for 2018 with no country expressing interest so far.

Uganda is the record winner of the CECAFA Senior challenge cup, having won 14 titles.

Kenyan federation also wrote to CAF, the Africa’s football body, withdrawing their interest in taking over the hosting rights to the 2018 AWCON from Ghana.

FKF, who had expressed willingness to step in if Ghana proved unready, informed the Cairo-based organization that they don’t have an extra stadium to successfully host the eight-team tournament.

A country needs two standard stadiums to host the senior women’s football championship.

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