Nairobi, Kenya – Twelve teams will take part in this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge tourney following the draw conducted on Friday.
The first match will see Kenya face Ethiopia at Nyayo Stadium in a mouthwatering encounter.
The tournament which will take place between 27th November and 12th December was unveiled with Dr. Hassan Wario Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, FKF President Sam Nyamweya, Cecafa Secretary general Nicholas Musonye, SuperSport Head of Africa Andre Venter among other stakeholders in attendance.
The host federation reaffirmed of their commitment ahead of the competition.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The tournament will go on as planned and the skeptical ones should change their thinking. The three venues confirmed so far are: Nairobi, Machakos and Mombasa. Kisumu is pending due to renovations,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Sam Nyamweya.
On the other hand, Wario reiterated the government is committed to support the game.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will support the tournament and rally behind Harambee Stars to win the tournament when celebrating Kenya at 50. We would also like to highlight that we want a clean sport and we have formed a task force for doping and Cecafa should ensure the tournament is drug free.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Musonye went ahead to encourage football lovers to attend matches.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Kenyans should come and support Cecafa and attend the event. I know they will and this will be a successful tournament. Harambee Stars must win this title at home now that the competition is back in Kenya.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Uganda are the most successful side and defending champions.
Group A:Ã‚Â Kenya, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, South Sudan
Group B:Ã‚Â Tanzania, Zambia, Burundi, Somalia
Group C:Ã‚Â Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Eritrea