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.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE TANZANIA, DAR ES ALAAM ON 5.7.2018
LAUNCH OF KAGAME CUP, DAR RES SALAAM, TANZANIA.
TFF: We take this opportunity to invite the Secretary General of CECAFA to Tanzania and all the guests, media and our partners Azam to the launch of the CECAFA-Kagame club cup championship.
As you all know, this is one of the most celebrated club competitions dating back to its historical launch in Tanzania in 1974. From this date Tanzania has had a great share of glorious moments in hosting and winning this coveted championship.
Tanzania has been one of the most successful host of Kagame cup. The last time we host this event was in 2015 when we had a record attendance than any other country has ever witnessed in the history of this event.
Today we assemble here to confirm our commitment to host and deliver a successful tournament to the region in particular and Africa in general. We shall offer our usual hospitality to all delegations so that they can enjoy the two weeks they will be here.
I appeal to all Tanzanians, supporters, media and the corporate world to join TFF in delivering a successful event..
CECAFA: As a regional body, I take this opportunity to thank TFF, Azam and the people of Tanzania for standing with CECAFA all through. For many years, Tanzania have demonstrated their commitment and loyalty to CECAFA and that is why they have stood out as the most trusted host of CECAFA Competitions.
I also wish to take this opportunity to thank HE President Paul Kagame and the people of Rwanda for their commitment and contribution to the success of CECAFA over the past couple of years.
We want to make Kagame cup the best club competition all round and we count on the support of the media to realize this dream.
NICHOLAS MUSONYE – SECRETARY GENERAL CECAFA