Zimbabwe and Zamnia are set to take part in this year’s Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Challenge Cup that will be held in Kenya after being invited as guests.
After receiving an invite from Cecafa secretary-general Nicholas Musonye last week, the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) through spokesperson and competitions manager Xolisani Gwesela yesterday confirmed that they had accepted the offer.
“Our participation at the Cecafa Challenge Cup tournament is confirmed,” he said.
This will be Zimbabwe’s second time at the tournament, having participated six years ago. For Zambia, it would be the third time after involvement in 2009 and 2013.
The tournament returns after one year as it was not held in 2016 due Sudan withdrawing as the host nation.
The two-week event will run from November 25 to December 9 with matches expected to be staged in Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Nakuru’s Afraha and Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County.
Zimbabwe and Zambia join Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia in the regional show.
Uganda are the current defending champions after dispatching Rwanda 1-0 in the finals of the 2015 edition that was held in Ethiopia. They are also the most decorated side in the competition with 14 titles ahead of hosts Kenya who have won it six times.