The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) has announced that its 2017 Senior Challenge Cup will be held in Kenya.

The decision was made at a CECAFA Executive Committee meeting held in Sudanese capital Khartoum.

The decision comes despite Kenya being stripped of hosting the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last week.

Doubts had existed for several weeks about Kenya’s readiness to host Africa’s second-tier competition behind the Africa Cup of Nations following concerns over infrastructure.

It was the second time that Kenya has been stripped of one of CAF’s flagship events.

In 1996 they were replaced as hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations by South Africa.

Kenya would have been the second successive East African country to stage the CHAN after Rwanda in 2016.

The CECAFA Extra-Ordinary General endorsed Rwanda to host the 2017 CECAFA Women Challenge Cup, Burundi to host the Under 17 and Kenya to host the Men’s Challenge Cup in November and early December respectively.

Other tournament namely Kagame Cup will be re-branded and hosted next year by Djibouti and there is a proposal to expand and make it bigger.

The 2018 edition of the U-17 tournament will be hosted by Tanzania while the U-20 tournament will be staged in Sudan.



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