The Cecafa Club Championship may not be held this year after all.

 Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye during a past event.


Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye during a past event.

The regional tournament was scheduled to begin on Wednesday next week but it’s unlikely to commence as scheduled since both Tanzania and Zanzibar have reneged on their pledge to host the tournament in the last one month. Zanzibar had been earmarked as this year’s hosts, but they announced last month that they were unable to host the event due to lack of funds.

The Cecafa secretariat then announced that it had reached an agreement with last year’s hosts Tanzania to host the annual club football showpiece, before they reneged on their pledge due to “international calendar congestion”.

Tanzanian giants Yanga SC had qualified for the Caf Confederation Cup group stages and Tanzanian Football Federation Media Liason Officer Alfred Lucas said that it was impossible for the league champions participate in the Cecafa tourney.

“Caf Confederation Cup fixtures demand a lot from clubs, two games per month, home and away between June and August. Kagame Cup takes place around that period and that is why we have opted to let it go,” he said.

Last week, Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye approached Football Kenya Federation to host the tournament, but FKF president Nick Mwendwa was particularly non-committal about it.

“I have no problem hosting the competition, but they (Cecafa) must meet certain conditions,” Mwendwa said.

Gor Mahia represented Kenya in last year’s edition held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where they lost 2-0 to Azam in the final.

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