2015 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tournament to be held in Ethiopia next month

 

Addis Ababa Stadium CECAFA

The 2015 Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a top official has said.

Nicholas Musonye, the CECAFA Secretary General told Xinhua on Wednesday that the regional tournament will run Nov. 21-Dec. 5.

“We are confident of having a very competitive and well organized tournament in Ethiopia. All teams should prepare well enough,” said Musonye.

The annual tournament did not take place in 2014 due to lack of a host as Ethiopia pulled out at the last minute because of challenges with sponsorship.

The event this year will be the 38th edition of the Senior Challenge Cup which remains the oldest tournament in Africa.

Kenya’ s Harambee Stars are the defending champions after beating Sudan 2-0 in the 2013 edition played at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.

Uganda have won the regional tournament more than any other nation with their record 13 times, while Kenya have won it five times and Ethiopia four.

Besides a guest team that CECAFA is yet to announce, the nations expected to take part include; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

Source: Xinhua

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  1. G Robe says

    @ABJ above suggested good ideas to make outside of the stadium nice.
    My suggestion is on the inside of the stadium to be a workable one, particularly the hard, dry, yellowish field. That field is so dry, balls bounce abnormally high. Check the very recent waliyas game. Steven Keshie, the Nigerian couch, was afraid that it may injure players.
    Solution : water it regularly , using plastic pipes manually at first and install sprinklers system for auto watering.
    How to raise Money : sponsors with the right to advertise for a certain time for free inside the stadium.
    This website could be a good candidate to start this campaign.
    Surprisingly, it looks green on the pic above … But don’t be fooled by it, it is cement hard.
    What do you think Gobez?

  2. A. BJ says

    With the new light rail, the Stadium area looks great. I hope the authorities pay more attention to outside of the stadium. Remove the small activities, do some land scaping or make the surrounding a park, and it will be a great stadium. In any case, Addis looks better everytime I come. Thanks for all involved in rebuilding my city. It will be a great tournament.

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