The opening ceremony for the 2017 edition of the CECAFA Senior Challenge cup has been moved to Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega which will also host Harambee Stars opening match against Amavubi of Rwanda.
Tanzania will take on guest nation Libya in the opening match.
A week after Football Kenya Federation moved Kenya’s preliminary matches from Kisumu’s Moi Stadium to the Machakos County stadium, a move that sounded ludicrous to many football fans from the region, it has now emerged that Bukhungu stadium which is expected to host Kenya’s opener against Rwanda, is ready to host the opening ceremony of the event.
The last time Kenya hosted the tournament in 2013 , Harambee Stars went on to win it by beating Sudan two goals to nil in Nairobi and head coach Paul Put revealed that he is going to use this tournament to assess the team, ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Uganda are the current champions having won the last edition after beating Rwanda 1-0 in the final in 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Last year, the tournament failed to kick off due unavailability of sponsorship.
Meanwhile, 2017 Sportpesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC have signed a partnership with Liberty Assurance, in a move that will see players, members and non members alike, enjoy affordable premiums.
This comes as a boost for the 16 time League champions who will commence their continental campaign next year, after a successful 2017 season.