Chal­lenge Cup is a boon

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - OPINION -

Kenya will host the East and Cen­tral Africa Se­nior Chal­lenge Cup later this month. The Ce­cafa foot­ball tour­na­ment gives the coun­try an op­por­tu­nity to re­deem it­self af­ter dis­as­trously los­ing host­ing rights for the African Na­tions Cham­pi­onships (Chan) sched­uled for Jan­uary next year.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, the Se­nior Chal­lenge Cup will be hosted across var­i­ous coun­ties — Kisumu, Nakuru, Kakamega and Mu­mias, which is a de­par­ture from the past when all games were con­cen­trated in Nairobi. It is there­fore a chance for county gov­ern­ments to showcase their abil­ity to han­dle top level sports events.

The 12-na­tion tour­na­ment, has at­tracted Zim­babwe and Libya, which will be com­pet­ing as guest teams.

The two-week long tour­na­ment of­fi­cially kicks off on Novem­ber 25 and our hope re­mains that the lo­cal-based foot­ballers se­lected for the as­sign­ment will prove their met­tle.

This tour­na­ment also of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to unite foot­ball fans across the re­gion, and es­pe­cially Kenyans, con­sid­er­ing the cur­rent heated po­lit­i­cal cli­mate.

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