No Guest Team For 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup - Musonye

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The 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will take place in Ethiopia between November 22 to December 6th.

The 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will take place in Ethiopia between November 22 to December 6th.


The secretary general of the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa), Nicholas Musonye confirmed the dates on Tuesday but added that no guest team will be invited.


Speaking to URN on phone before leaving for Addis Ababa, Musonye said the hosts are preparing well ahead of the championship. The annual tournament did not take place in 2014 due to lack of a host as Ethiopia pulled out at the last minute because of challenges with sponsorship.


The event this year will be the 38th edition of the Senior Challenge Cup which remains the oldest tournament in Africa. Kenya's Harambee Stars are the defending champions after beating Sudan 2-0 in the 2013 edition played in Nairobi. "We are confident of having a very competitive and well organized tournament in Ethiopia. All teams should prepare well enough," added Musonye.


In the past Cecafa has invited guest sides like Zimbabwe, Zambia and Ivory Coast among others. "Our hosts Ethiopia have confirmed that they are making all arrangements to have a good tournament," added Musonye.


Uganda have won the regional tournament more than any other nation with their record 13 times, while Kenya have won it 5 times and Ethiopia four.


The nations expected to take part include; Kenya,Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.