Challenge Cup is a boon

Friday November 10 2017

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Kenya will host the East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup later this month.

The Cecafa football tournament gives the country an opportunity to redeem itself after disastrously losing hosting rights for the African Nations Championships (Chan) scheduled for January next year.

Significantly, the Senior Challenge Cup will be hosted across various counties — Kisumu, Nakuru and Kakamega, which is a departure from the past when all games were concentrated in Nairobi.

It is therefore a chance for county governments to showcase their ability to handle top level sports events.

The 12-nation tournament, has attracted Zimbabwe and Libya, which will be competing as guest teams.

The two-week long tournament officially kicks off on November 25 and our hope remains that the local-based footballers selected for the assignment will prove their mettle.

This tournament also offers an opportunity to unite football fans across the region, and especially Kenyans, considering the current heated political climate.