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Musonye's remarks will be interpreted in most quarters as directed towards Kenya who have shown unwillingness or inability to participate

CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye has announced that all its member countries have until October 8 to confirm participation in the forthcoming Senior Challenge Cup set for Kampala, Uganda.

“Those (member nations) who will not have confirmed by that date will not be engaged in the fixture draw scheduled for November 8,” said Musonye.

Musonye's remarks will be interpreted in most quarters as directed towards Kenya-his country of origin-who have recently indicated through FKF Chairman Sam Nyamweya and Head coach Henri Michel, the unwillingness or inability to participate at the annual regional tourney.

This development could also be a spill off from the frosty engagements between Musonye and FKF that occurred after the hosting rights for this edition of the Senior Challenge Cup were moved from Nairobi to Kampala in controversial circumstances. Kenya unsuccessfully petitioned CAF over the matter.

Other CECAFA member nations including Burundi and Ethiopia are also in a confusing spot as the dates for the regional competition coincide with those of the upcoming African Nations Championship Qualifiers. Musonye however, indicated an amicable solution to the impasse is being sought.

“We are in communication with CHAN organizers and it’s looking likely that a solution will be reached in the not so distant future.”

The long serving Secretary added that several high profile countries on the continent including former champions Cameroon, defending African champions Zambia, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and Malawi had indicated a willingness to participate in what he termed as the “most consistent competition on the African continent.”