By Kamyuka Kenneth
Every team intending to join the upcoming Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia will be required to pay a registration fee of $20,000 / 74million Uganda shillings.
This was in the communication sent out by the regional body’s chief executive officer Auka Gacheo.
“We are moving on well and Ethiopia is putting everything in place so that they host a successful tournament. Teams must now meet their obligation” Auka said.
Members include Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar.
Winners of the Tournament
The tournament will run from July 3-18 in Bahir Dar after a one-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic that caused the 2020 edition to be cancelled. Uganda hosted and won the last edition.
Currently, FIFA funds CECAFA to a tune of about $1m (Shs3.7b) annually. However, these funds are largely reserved for junior men and women’s tournaments. This excludes the newly-created Under-23 category.
The twelve members unanimously agreed to use players aged 23 years and below.
Coach Morley Byekwaso has chosen five players above the age of 23 in the provisional squad with three certain to make the final squad.
On the provisional list, South Africa-based goalkeeper Ismail Watenga, KCCA counterpart Charles Lukwago and Express defender Murushid Jjuuko made the 40-man list. Vipers’ striker Yunus Ssentamu and midfielder Saidi Kyeyune, currently without a club after leaving El Merriekh, is also in.
Of the 40, a dozen were part of the U-20 Hippos team that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Mauritania earlier this year. The residential camp started on Friday of 18th June 2021.