Kenya wins bid to host 2013 Cecafa tournament

Kenya FA got the nod to host the regional tournament after it's bid presented during the just concluded Caf Congress meeting in Marakesh ,Morrocco, was accepted

By Dennis Mabuka

Kenya have finally been granted the chance to host the 2013 Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup.

Kenya FA got the nod to host the regional tournament after it's bid presented during the just concluded Caf Congress meeting in Marakesh ,Morrocco, was accepted.

The Kenyan delegation led by President Sam Nyamweya and Vice-President Robert Asembo presented a strong bid which was supported by the Kenyan government with the required guarantees.

“This is a great moment for football in Kenya and we are happy with the continued government support and want to assure all that we shall host a memorable and well organized tournament,” Nyamweya told Goal.com.

“We have also been approached by Cecafa members to host the regional club tournament and the federation has taken note of this request and will be meeting to look into the possibility.”

The bid proposed that this year’s tournament will be staged in two host cities; Nairobi and Kisumu with other two venues on standby.

In Nairobi, Kasarani and Nyayo were approved by the Caf inspector Benard Mfubusa who toured the facilities in January this year.

The Kisumu Moi Stadium is currently undergoing renovations including the laying of an artificial turf Under the Fifa goal project and will be ready in the next three months.

Kenya’s modern transport infrastructure and media communications facilities impressed Cecafa members. The bid was further strengthened by the availability of five star hotels as well as training venues close to the match venues.