CECAFA Cup Should help Rwanda Prepare for CHAN 2016

The Council for Eastern and Central Africa Football Association (Cecafa) has given Rwanda a chance to host the senior Challenge Cup in November to enable them fully prepare for the 2016 CHAN tournament which will be held in Kigali.

Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye confirmed the decision to Kigali Today saying, “Rwanda will use the event to help prepare for their hosting of 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN),”

“We want them to use the regional tournament to a test event for CHAN 2016. Be host organisations and national team performance, Cecafa Cup will play a big boost in preparing Rwanda to host the continent in January 2016,” added Musonye.

The CHAN event is a second-tier event for players in local leagues in their respective countries in Africa.

The Cecafa meeting held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi last Friday, decided that this year’s Cecafa Challenge Cup be held in Rwanda while Tanzania will host the Kagame Cup club championship in Dar es Salaam in July.

The 2014 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup didn’t take place after none of the 12 member countries expressed interest in hosting the tournament on short notice.

The Kenya Harambee Stars are the defending champions after they defeated the Falcons of Sudan 2-0 in the final two years ago in Nairobi. Uganda is the most successful country with 13 titles.

Rwanda hosted the Cecafa Kagame Cup tournament in 2004, 2007 and 2010 as well as the Senior Challenge Cup in 1999 and won it, and the last time Rwanda hosted the tournament was back in 2005 when they lost 1-0 to Ethiopia in the final.

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