All is now set for the 2019 CECAFA senior challenge cup that kicks off on Saturday, December 7.
The build up for the tourney has seen dramatic changes mainly in the fixture and venues among others.
Four countries – Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and visitors DR Congo – have pulled out prior to the tourney kickoff.
CECAFA general Secretary Nicholas Musonye, speaking on Friday at Mengo, explained that the countries failed to “honour commitments and hence had to be kicked out.”
“We agreed, on February 9 2019, in a meeting held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) that every Federation has to pay 20,000 US Dollars to take part in CECAFA senior challenge cup,” Musonye said.
“The countries that have failed to comply have hence been kicked out for failing to honour their commitments.”
The tourney was initially supposed to be played in Jinja – Njeru and Bugembe – but has been shifted to Lugogo.
The opening game between Djibouti and Somalia was taken to Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium before shifted to Namboole while Uganda Cranes opener which was supposed t be free of charge at Namboole has since been taken to Lugogo with charges at Sh5000 and 20,000 as entrance fee.
“Lugogo was booked for other games but FUFA has managed to negotiate and I can confirm that it’s now free and will host all our group games beside the opener at Namboole.”
“We had to charge some fee because the match was moved from Namboole to Lugogo. Unlike Namboole, Lugogo can accommodate few people and we earlier wanted to subsidise transport costs for people going at Namboole.”
Chairman Local Organising Committee Darius Mugoye commented that Uganda has the potential to host two CECAFA tourneys – Women U17 that will be played in Jinja and Senior Championship, drawing the confidence from the successful CECAFA U20 tourney held recently.
Head of communications and media for CECAFA Rogers Mulindwa commended the government for putting in place prevailing peace that have enabled all countries to come and participate.