Mon, 10 May 2021

KAMPALA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed that the national team, the Cranes, will defend the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.

Ethiopia will host the regional tournament from July 3-18 in the town of Bahir Dar.

"We have confirmed the national team will participate and defend the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup title," Edgar Watson Suubi, FUFA Chief Executive Officer told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Uganda beat Eritrea 3-0 to lift the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup when the regional tournament was played in Uganda. Last year the tournament was not played because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that affected sports around the world.

However, Auka Gacheo, the Executive Director of the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) told Xinhua that this year's Challenge Cup will be played like the Olympic qualifiers by U-23s.

Auka also said that as per the meeting held by CECAFA members in March ahead of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) elections in Rabat, Morocco, the region will also have four other competitions this year.

Djibouti will host the CECAFA Senior Women's Challenge Cup, while Uganda accepted to host the CECAFA U-20 Women's Challenge Cup. The CECAFA Kagame Club Championship will take place in Tanzania, and Kenya will host the Zonal qualifier for the inaugural CAF Women's Champions League.

Last year the CECAFA region only organized two tournaments, the U-20 AFCON and U-17 AFCON qualifiers for boys in Tanzania and Rwanda respectively.

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