Cecafa hopes to resume field events in November
Barry Silah @obel_barry
Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) is looking at November for resumption of activities with four tournaments earmarked if the Covid-19 pandemic slows down.
With less than four months to go before 2020 ends, none of the annual Cecafa tournaments have taken place, but executive director Auka Gecheo is determined to avoid an entirely quiet first year in office.
“The earliest anything meaningful can be done is around November to December, so hopefully we will have four tournaments this year: The Senior Challenge Cup, Kagame Cup and the two African Cup of Nations qualifiers for the Under-17 and Under-20 teams.
Tanzania is set to host the Senior Challenge and the club championships with Rwanda and Sudan hosting the Under-17 and the Under-20 championships respectively,” stated Gecheo.
Gecheo who took over the mantle in March has warned that only after Covid-19 clearance will they sit and analyse the situation.
He however said that no tentative dates had been set for the competitions given the prevailing circumstances.
“It is a fluid environment right now so we will have to take a wait and see approach because things are ever changing.
I am hopeful that we can stage the four competitions in the latter stages of the year so that we do not totally waste the year,” added the former SuperSport East Africa general manager.
The Cecafa Kagame Cup, a club competition bringing together league champions of respective member countries, usually held in July hasn’t taken place this year owing to the Covid-19 scourge and it remains unclear if the other competitions will take place in December.