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Somali: Somalia first to arrive for Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup

Teams started arriving on Saturday for this year’s Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup to be staged in Kenya as the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos was officially opened for the competition.

Somalia’s Ocean Boys were the first to arrive in the country yesterday with a contingent of 25 players.
Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea, Burundi, South Sudan are scheduled to arrive today while Sudan and Zambia arrive on Monday.

Ethiopia, who face Kenya on the opening day of the competition on Wednesday at the Nyayo Stadium, arriving on Tuesday.

All the appointed referees and other Cecafa executive committee members have arrived in readiness for the competition whose final will be staged at the Nyayo National Stadium on December 12.

And on Saturday, the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos that will host eight matches was officially opened.


The stadium has been rebuilt at a cost of Sh10 million. Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and Football Kenya Federation officials will officially opened the stadium that has seen a remarkable transformation from the dilapidated facility it was.

“We are very impressed by the job that has been done here. Machakos county has set the precedence which needs to be followed by all other counties,” said FKF president Sam Nyamweya.
The VIP section, the changing rooms and the terraces have been rebuilt and the a new surface laid done.
Serve the purpose
“This may not be an ultra-modern stadium, but it will serve the purpose it is meant for. It is efficient and I am sure the teams that will be playing here will appreciate the surface. Machakos welcomes the rest of Africa,” said Mutua.
The stadium has seating capacity of 8,000. Kenya will play their final preliminary game against South Sudan at the facility.
FKF boss Sam Nyamweya said all arrangements are now in place for the for the competition.

“We have identified hotels where the teams will be staying, training grounds and other hospitality issues have been handled. We are ready for the competition,” said Nyamweya.


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The 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will be officially launched in Nairobi on Friday. The tournament draw will be conducted then with a title sponsor due to be unveiled during the breakfast function where ambassadors of nations taking part are lined up to be present. According to the regional football governing body Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, all preliminary games will be played in Nairobi and Machakos. “For easier management and planning, other towns, Kisumu, Mombasa and Mumias will host some knockout matches,” Musonye disclosed on Tuesday. “We had expressed our reservation about the readiness of Kisumu but with the decision to have the preliminary matches in Nairobi, the lakeside town have more time to prepare,” the official added. Cecafa technical committee officials arrive in the country on Thursday to tour the venues and make a final submission on their fitness to host the competition that runs from November 27 to December 12. Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Sam Nyamweya told the organisers that the artificial turf has already been taken to Kisumu and work to lay it will commence before the end of the week. “The government approved the Sh3.6 million for the clearing for the turf. We have also agreed with the Kisumu County Government to clear the huge pile of garbage adjacent to the stadium,” the FKF boss added. The countries that have confirmed participation alongside the hosts are defending champions Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Zanzibar, Eritrea and Zambi ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
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