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Uganda Set To Host Two CECAFA Championships In 2019

The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) has given Uganda the mantle to host two regional tournaments this year – 2019.

The CECAFA consultative meeting held in Addis Ababa on Monday has agreed on the four tournaments to be held in 2019, two to be played in Uganda, close sources have confirmed.

The two tourneys to be played in Uganda include the Under-20 championship from September 14 and the Senior Challenge Cup from December 1.

However, Football governing body in Uganda – FUFA, is yet to respond to the matter.

The meeting has also given Rwanda to host the Kagame Cup (club level) from July 26 and Eritrea will host the U17 tourney from August 17.

It should be noted that the U20 Championship was initially slated to take place in December before it was moved to January then.

Uganda won the past two editions of the U20 tournament staged in 2006 and 2010 in Tanzania and Eritrea in that order.

The senior challenge cup on the other hand, was to be hosted by Kenya last year after getting the rights when they beat Zanzibar in the last finals but they pulled out citing financial constraints.

Uganda has won the CECAFA Senior men’s challenge cup for a record 14 times – 1973, 1976, 1977, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The CECAFA region houses 12 members that include Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar.