Cecafa Challenge Cup hangs in balance as dreaded Ebola disease strikes Kampala

The disease has already claimed lives of two people in Luweero, a surburb of Uganda's capital, but Cecafa's top officials are yet to comment
Preparations for this year's edition of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup tournament have suffered a setback after an outbreak of Ebola was reported in the host city, Kampala, on Wednesday.

Health authorities have confirmed an outbreak of the dreaded disease in Luweero, a surburb of Uganda's capital, confirming that two members of the same family had lost their lives.

The disease can be contracted through contact with an infected person and is known to spread at a rapid rate.

The organizers of the annual tournament (Cecafa), are yet to officially comment on the matter and efforts by Goal.com Kenya to contact the association's secretary general Nicholas Musonye proved futile.

A total of 12 national teams from the region, each consisting 22 players, coaching staff and administrators, are expected in Kampala starting next week, for the two week tournament that officially kicks-off on November 24.

Kenya, who will launch their campaign for the title against hosts Uganda Cranes, have been pooled in Group "A" alongside debutantes South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Group "B" incorporates Sudan, Tanzania, Somalia and Burundi while Group "C" comprises Malawi, Rwanda, Zanzibar and Eritrea.

Last August, Malawi's "Flames", who are the guest team at this year's tournament, called off a friendly against Uganda Cranes amid fears of the virus that had claimed several lives.