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Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea and Ethiopia could skip regional event because they will also be involved in the qualifiers for the African Nations (CHAN) matches

Confusion is brewing ahead of the regional senior challenge cup as four teams may not take part in the event to be held in Kampala, Uganda.

This is because they will also be involved in the qualifiers for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) matches.
The four countries include Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on Monday said they will focus on the CHAN championships and will skip the regional tournament due to the clash of dates.

Federation chairman Sam Nyamweya said the CHAN competition is more beneficial and will therefore give it priority.

"The regional tournament is not recognized by FIFA and therefore does not help in our rankings and so we have decided to focus on CHAN because it is more beneficial to our football," Nyamweya told Kenya.

Kenya are scheduled to play Burundi on December 1 in their first preliminary match of the CHAN championship. The regional tournament on the other hand kicks off on November 24.

Eritrea and Ethiopia will also play each other on December 1 in the CHAN tournament.

Contacted for comment, Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Secretary General Nicholas Musonye insisted that all is well and they are working with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to reschedule the CHAN matches.

"We are aware that Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea and Ethiopia will be involved in the CHAN competition and we are talking  to CAF to reschedule the matches. All will be well," he said.