The Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) has called off the regional Under-20 Championships which was slated to be hosted in Uganda from January 14-27, 2019.
The CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye confirmed the development on New Year in a communication sent to all CECAFA member associations.
“We regret to inform you that Uganda is not ready to host the above tournament as scheduled January 14-27, 2019. We have asked Uganda to furnish us with concrete dates that they can be able to host this event. We are really sorry for this inconvenience,” added Musonye.
Most of the 2018 scheduled regional tournaments were not held as planned because of lack of hosts and time inconveniences due to the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup whose preliminary and first round matches were set in late November and early December.
Having seen the CAF Competition calendar underway, CECAFA seeks to adjust its competitions to be played this year.
CECAFA comprises ten CAF member associations namely, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan as well as the horn of Africa countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Djibouti. In most cases, Zanzibar takes part in the competition as an independent member.
Cecafa Senior Challenge – the continent’s oldest football competition – has been irregular since its inception in 1926, with the tournament having also not been held in 1986, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2014 and 2016.