After four years of absence due to financial challenges, the CECAFA senior cup challenge will be making a return this year.

The CECAFA cup is one of the oldest football tournament in Africa and it is organized by the council of East and central Africa football associations.

The first CECAFA was held in 1926.

This year’s competition is Scheduled to take place from June 29th to July 14th and it will be hosted at Amaan stadium and Pemba municipal stadium in Zanzibar.

After successfully hosting the CAF schools football championship recently, Zanzibar is eagerly waiting to host another competition featuring players from local leagues in the CECAFA region.

Teams from the CECAFA zone and some guests aside will participate in the competition, where by Uganda are the defending champions, having defeated Eritrea in the 2019 CECAFA senior challenge cup final in Kampala.

CECAFA head of PR and Communication Andrew Jackson emphasized the goal of making the tournament consistent after hiatus.

“We agreed that this tournament should be consistent; it is back now. People have been missing it because the Challenge Cup has a different vibe. When it resumes this year, we are hopeful it continues without a break. We want to see many member associations ready to host it because sometimes hosting a competition is a problem,” he said.

Kenya has won the title 21 times, while Uganda remains the most successful side in the competition with 40 titles. Tanzania has won the title Nine times.

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