The annual CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup is considered the oldest football tournament in Africa.
The tournament is collaborative between the larger Eastern African countries and part of Central Africa and run by the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA). CECAFA is made up of 11 members ten of whom are federations recognized by FIFA; Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Burundi, Somalia, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Kenya while the 11th – Zanzibar is still chasing Association status with the World governing body.
The tournament began way back in 1926 under the name Gossage Cup which then was mainly a Kenya-Uganda affair. First event The first ever CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup was held in Uganda in 1973 and the hosts Uganda emerged winners beating Tanzania 2-1 in the finals.
22nd June, 2018, Dar es laam, Tanzania.
NICHOLAS MUSONYE – SECRETARY GENERAL CECAFA