The Secretary General of the Council for East and Central African Football Association (CECAFA), Nicholas Musonye, has ruled out inviting Ivory Coast for the 2013 Senior Challenge Cup.
The regional tournament, which is slated to take place in Kenya from November 27 to December 12, will be hosted by four towns: Nairobi, Kisumu, Mumias and Nakuru.
“We cannot invite Ivory Coast because it will need a further US$25,000 to have them in Kenya. We shall stick to having the COSAFA champions Zambia and Malawi as the guest sides for the tournament,” Musonye told reporters on Tuesday morning.
Musonye said they would have loved to invite Ivory Coast as well, but they have to manage the costs of holding the tournament as well. The hosts Kenya have been very eager to have Ivory Coast participate in the tournament.
“We expect a very competitive tournament where the hosts will want to prove a point, and the three nations going for the 2014 CHAN event, Uganda, Burundi and Ethiopia, are also out to have a good rehearsal,” explained Musonye.
The countries expected to grace the event include Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Burundi, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi and hosts Kenya. The event will also coincide with Kenya’s 50 years of independence celebrations.