Favourites Kenya out to dispatch Rwanda in CECAFA tournament

Kenya international Francis Kahata

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 18:30

Kenya will bank on their home ground advantage as they host Rwanda in their Group A match of the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge encounter on Sunday.

The Harambee Stars are seen as favourites to retain the trophy and erase their disappointment after losing the rights to host the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship.

CAF took the hosting rights from the East African nation and handed them to Morocco after their failure to show readiness and provide the necessary infrastructure on time.

However, hosting Rwanda means coach Paul Put will hope to bring smiles back to their fans’ faces come Sunday as their mission is to reach the semi-finals.

Kenya have won the regional tournament six times and finished in the final on seven occasions – the mission for Put is start his tenure with a trophy.

Looking at Rwanda’s Amavubi, their mission is to stun their hosts and claim the full three points to boost their semi-final aspirations.

Rwanda have bagged the CECAFA trophy once and will want to register their second gold medal as they will meet Kenya.

On the other hand, the Antoine Hey-coached side will want to go all the way to the final and erase their disappointments after finishing as number two on six occasions.

The match will be staged at Moi Stadium in Kisumu and get underway at 15:00 (CAT).

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Libya and Tanzania set to start CECAFA tournament with a bang

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 17:30

Libya will want to cause an upset as guests in the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge when they meet Tanzania on Sunday.

The Mediterranean Knights are set to open their account in the East African regional tournament and will hope to make a good impression.

However, meeting the Taifa Stars will bring challenges as both sides will want to start their Group A campaign on a high.

The winner between the two nations will move to the top of the group provided Rwanda and Kenya fail to register their first wins in the other group encounter on the same day.

Meanwhile, the Taifa Stars and Mediterranean Knights will be motivated by the fact that finishing on top and being runners-up will secure a spot in the semi-finals.

The opening clash of the tournament will be staged at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 3 at 13:00 (CAT).

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Kenyan Premier League Awards put on hold due to CECAFA

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 16:30

The Kenyan Premier League Awards have been moved to January 2018 as the Harambee Stars are busy with the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge.

Kenya will host the regional showpiece which means an announcement was made that the local awards event will be hosted next year.


Media reports in the country suggest that the red carpet ceremony was planned for December 13.

The regional tournament was initially scheduled to end before the gathering of top league performers.

However, due to unavoidable circumstances, according to the organizers, the tournament will now start December 3 to 17.

“The new date for the awards will be communicated in due course,” a statement from KPL said.

The league’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Oguda, had earlier confirmed to Soka25east that betting giants SportPesa will sponsor this year’s event.

For over a decade, pay television company SuperSport footed the bill until their broadcast deal with the KPL was terminated this year.

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Zimbabwe shock all by pulling out of 2017 CECAFA tournament

Zimbabwe winners of the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Zimbabwe at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 09 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Scent ition

Thursday Nov 30, 2017. 15:00

Despite having initially agreed to participate at the upcoming 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge, Zimbabwe has pulled out of the East African tournament.

The Warriors were set to appear at the showpiece as guests, but are not going to Kenya due to security concerns.

Zimbabwe, along with Libya, had been invited as guests for the regional event that will include defending champions Uganda, hosts Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Burundi, Ethiopia and South Sudan.


With the showpiece starting this Sunday, coach Sunday Chidzambwa had announced a squad, but the Zimbabwe Football Association felt it was not safe for the team to play in Kenya.

“Following wide-ranging consultations with all stakeholders, the Zimbabwe Football Association has resolved to withdraw its commitment to participate in the 2017 Cecafa Challenge Cup due to the security risk posed by the volatile situation in the host country, Kenya,” ZIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.

On the other hand, CECAFA general secretary Nicholas Musonye confirmed they received a letter from the Southern African nation.

“Yes we have received communication from the Zimbabwe FA that they have pulled out the team,” Musonye told the BBC Sport.

Although a source close to the News Day website said the real reason for the withdrawal was because of the unavailability of funds, the FA has rubbished the claims.

Zimbabwe were set to face the Cranes of Uganda on Monday, December 4 and Musonye said they will adjust the fixtures.

He also said the tournament, set to run from 3-17 December, will go ahead.

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Uganda name 2017 CECAFA Cup Squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 18:30

Ugandan national team coach Moses Basena has named his squad ahead of the 2017 CECEAFA Senior Challenge in Kenya.

Basena has assembled a squad of 26 players to start training on Wednesday ahead of the regional tournament.

The regional tourney kicks-off on Sunday, December 3 until December 17 as the Cranes will want to defend their trophy.


Uganda are in Pool B against Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan and guest team Zimbabwe.

The full squad:

Isma Watenga (Vipers SC), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA FC), Ikara Tom (Kirinya Jinja SS),Wadada Nicholas (Vipers SC), Joseph Nsubuga (Sc Villa Jogoo), Isaac Muleme (KCCA FC), Aggrey Madoi (Police FC), Juuko Murushid Simba-Tanzania), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Savio Kabugo (Proline FC), Bernard Muwanga (Sc Villa Jogoo), Tom Masiko (Vipers SC), Mutyaba Muzamiru (KCCA FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Stephen Mugisha (Police FC), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mucureezi Paul (KCCA FC), Allan Kateregga (KCCA FC), Allan Kyambadde (Sc Villa Jogoo), Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars FC), Derick Nsibambi (KCCA FC), Hood Kaweesa (Police FC), Batte Seif (Bright Stars FC), Saddam Juma (KCCA FC), Daniel Isiagi (Proline FC), Basse Methodious (Mbarara City FC).

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Kenya’s Harun Shakava to miss CECAFA Cup

The Harambee Stars of Kenya

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 16:30

Kenya have been dealt a huge blow after Gor Mahia’s defender Harun Shakava has been ruled out of the upcoming 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.

Shakava has picked up a recurring injury as the Harambee Stars reported to camp at Nairobi’s Utalii Hotel on Sunday.

The defender was part of the Gor Mahia squad that won a record 16th Kenyan Premier League title and has been excused from camp by head coach Paul Put.

Put has since called up Zoo Kericho defender Isaac Kipyegon to replace the lanky centre-back and has also added Nicholas Kipkirui.

The Harambee Stars will take on the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda in their opening match on the December 3.

Put’s men are drawn in Pool A against Tanzania, Zanzibar and guest team Libya, as they hope to reclaim the title they last lifted in 2013 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Pool B has teams such the defending champions Uganda, who will take on Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan and guest team Zimbabwe.

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Kenya names 2017 CECAFA Challenge squad

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 15:30

Kenyan national team coach Paul Put has named his squad for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup scheduled to kick-off on December 3.

Put named his 25-man squad which is dominated by Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

The team will be in camp on Sunday ahead of their CECAFA crunch opener against the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda.

Fresh from bagging their record 16th Kenyan Premier League title, Gor has the highest number of players such as goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch, defenders Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava and Wellington Ochieng, midfielders Ernest Wendo and Kenneth Muguna as well as striker George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.

On the other hand, KPL top scorer Masud Juma leads the list of players from Kariobangi Sharks alongside midfielders Patillah Omotto and Ovellah Ochieng.


The Harambee Stars are drawn in Group A, also featuring Kilimanjaro Stars of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Heroes and guest team the Mediterranean Knights of Libya.

Kenya full squad


Boniface, Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)


Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Wellington Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars)


Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Whyvonne Issuza (AFC Leopards), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ovellah Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar)


Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Benjamin Mosha (Sony Sugar)

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Ugandan referees to officiate at CECAFA and Chan tournaments

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 16:30

Three Ugandan referees will hoist the country’s flag as they are appointed to officiate during the upcoming CECAFA Cup and the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship.

The three referees who are FIFA licensed is Alex Muhabi, Dick Okello and Ronald Katenya. They will officiate at the 2017 CECAFA tournament scheduled for December 3-16 in Kenya.

Muhabi will be a centre referee while Okello and Katenya will officiate as assistant referees during the regional showpiece.


According to a statement from the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations, the trio will arrive in Nairobi on November 29 to undergo medical and fitness tests the following day.

In a similar development centre referee, Brian Miiro Nsubuga, has been appointed by the CAF to officiate at the 2018 CHAN tournament in Morocco.

Nsubuga is also a certified FIFA referee and will first head to Cairo for a course between November 27 and December 1.

Moreover, the appointed referees will undergo physical, theoretical and medical tests.

Nsubuga becomes the second Ugandan referee to officiate at the CHAN tournament after Mark Ssonko in Rwanda in 2016.

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Zimbabwe appoint Sunday Chidzambwa as coach for CECAFA tournament

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 16:30

The Zimbabwean Football Association has roped in Sunday Chidzambwa as caretaker coach for the national side for the upcoming Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) tournament.

The move comes after ZIFA accepted the invitation to play as a guest nation at this year’s edition of the CECAFA tournament to be hosted in Kenya.

Zimbabwe will join Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia for the tournament set to be staged between November 25 and December 9.

Known as ‘Mhofu’, the highly-experienced coach led Zimbabwe to their first Africa Cup of Nations qualification in 2004.

Meanwhile, he has also enjoyed considerable success in the Southern African region, winning this year’s Cosafa Cup hosted in South Africa in July.

The ZPC Kariba coach will be looking to further enhance his already impressive CV when he leads the team at the tournament.

Although he faces player availability challenges, Chidzambwa will have to pick his squad before the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League programme finishes.

However, by the time the last round of matches are played, the Warriors will already be in Kenya which means some clubs may not be able to release their players.

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Mathias Kigonya confident Ugandan can defend CECAFA title in Kenya – FUFA Super League 2017/18

Scent ition

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 15:00

Sofapaka FC and Uganadan goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya is confident that the Cranes can defend the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup to be played in Kenya next month.

The regional tournament is set to make its return after a one-year absence following lack of sponsorship in 2016.

The diminutive goalkeeper has confused many sports journalists who profile him as a Kenyan citizen due to his body physique and name which is linked to a Luhya community from the Western part of Kenya.


However, the keeper is currently working hard and focusing on representing Uganda in upcoming tournaments like CECAFA and his wish is to play in Europe for Chelsea FC.

“I would really be happy to be part of Uganda Cranes team,” he said to Kawowo.

“Indeed hard work never stops paying and hope one day to play in Europe. Am focused and very positive mentally.”

The goalie featured for the CECAFA reigning champions in the 2016 CHAN finals held in Rwanda.

Sporting Regards,

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