By Habakuki Urio
THE names of Tanzania Mainland soccer team, Kilimanjaro Stars who will participate in the forthcoming Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFE) Senior Challenge Cup in Kenya will be unveiled early next week.
According to Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), Information and Communication, Alfred Lucas the team which will take part in the Senior Challenge Cup will be named upon a return of Taifa Stars players who are in Benin for an international friendly match.
The Senior Challenge Cup is scheduled to start from November 25 to December 9 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Lucas said after Taifa Stars game with Benin on Sunday, the federation will be in position to name the players who will form the Mainland team as well the technical bench for the continent’s oldest tournament.
Challenges Cup return to the regional scene after two years in coma.
The last edition of the tournament was held in 2015 in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Uganda claimed the trophy after beating Rwanda 1-0.
This year’s championship to be hosted in Kenya will be held across different venues in the country with the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Afraha Stadium in Nakuru and the Mumias Sports Complex opted to stage matches.
Tanzania Mainland will be represented by Kilimanjaro Stars while Zanzibar will be represent by Zanzibar Heroes in the tournament that involves 12 countries.
The countries that have confirmed to participation are host Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania mainand, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Zanzibar,Somalia, Zimbabwe and Libya. Zimbabwe and Libya have replaced Eretria and Djibout as guest teams.
According to the organisers CECAFA, teams will start arriving in Nairobi from November 22 with Kenya seeking to redeem its image from the last edition it hosted in 2013 where some teams were detained in hostels over unpaid bills.