Milton Karisa Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in 2017 when Uganda faced South Sudan. Kenya hosted the last championship. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Since 2012 when Uganda last hosted the CECAFA Senior Challenge cup tourney, the tournament returns to Kampala.

Back then, Uganda Cranes won the event on home turf, triumphing 2-1 against the Kenya Harambee Stars during a final played at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

CECAFA secretary general Nicholas Musonye confirmed confirmed the development after members endorsed during a consultative meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

All the members endorsed Uganda to stage the tournament in 2019. It was a very fruitful meeting as CECAFA members also agreed that they will fund both CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and Kagame Cup tournaments and we are confident of staging successful tournaments this year. The Senior Challenge Cup will kick-off from December 1-16

Nicholas Musonye, CECAFA Secretary general
Nicholas Musonye, CECAFA General Secretary Credit: FUFA Media

Kenya won the last event hosted by themselves in 2017.

The CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup is the oldest football tournament in Africa and Uganda has the most titles (14).

In September, Uganda will also host the CECAFA U-20 championship, a tournament that had earlier been scheduled to kick off in late November 2018.

Last year, the championship was not played following attempts to secure a host failed after the withdrawal of Kenya at the last minute.

Meanwhile, Tanzania who are the reigning CECAFA Women champions, will host the 2019 edition from November 16 while Kenya has been confirmed as hosts for the inaugural CECAFA Women’s U-20 tournament (dates will be communicated).

Horn of Africa nation Eritrea will host the U-17 championship from August 17th 2019.

Rwanda will play host to the CECAFA Kagame Cup (clubs tournament) from July 26th 2019.

CECAFA has 12 members; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zanzibar, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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