After weeks of speculation on whether the forthcoming East and Central Africa Senior Challenge that kicks off in Nairobi on November 27 would be take place after Tusker and the Kenyan government failed to secure funds, sources intimate four main sponsors will be unveiled on Wednesday
Giant soft drink company Coca Cola, Africa’s leading sports television channel SuperSport, Credit Bank and mobile phone manufacturers Techno have been lined up as the tournament sponsors, according to Football Kenya Federation.
“I can confirm that we have a title sponsor and supporting partners for the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup,” FKF President Sam Nyamweya told sources.
Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, has said the draw will be held on Monday.
At the same time, Malawi, who alongside Zambia had been invited to take part in the tournament as a guest team, have pulled out due to lack of funds.
The countries that have confirmed participation are hosts Kenya, defending champions Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Zanzibar, Eritrea, Djibouti and Zambia.
Micho on CHAN test drive
Uganda Cranes tactician Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has said he will tourney to access players and pick the squad for next year’s Africa Nations Championship.said they will invite players next week who will start training for the international friendly against Rwanda on November 16.
“I expect the players who will get chance to face Rwanda to show to me that they are up to the task and eventually the team that will make it for the CECAFA event will have to prove a point that they qualify to be on the squad for CHAN,” said the coach.
He explained that players have got to fight to earn their places. “We are not going to pick players because of their past form,” said Micho, who added that his target will be to come out of the group stage at the CHAN event.
Speaking about the CECAFA event, the draw for which will be made next week, Micho said it will be a challenge for Uganda Cranes to defend the title since the team has won the trophy in the past with some professional players in the team.
“But am sure the home based players also have what it takes to retain this trophy if they work hard,” he added.
After coming close to qualifying the Cranes for the play-off stage of the 2014 World Cup, Micho is hoping he can guide the team to good performances at the CECAFA and CHAN events.