The Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) has confirmed that 12 nations will be taking part in the 2017 Senior Challenge competition, which will be held in Kenya.
Among the participants, will be north Africans Libya and southern Africa nation Zimbabwe, who were invited as guest teams and confirmed their participation.
The two-week event will take place from November 25 to December 9 with matches expected to be staged in Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium and Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County.
Last year the regional body failed to organize the Senior Challenge Cup after Sudan and Kenya both pulled out of hosting at the last moment.
Uganda Cranes are the defending champions of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after they defeated Rwanda in the last event held in Ethiopia in 2015.
This time the Cranes hope to use the Challenge Cup to prepare the team head of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) that will take place in Morocco.
The two guest nations will join 10 other nations from the CECAFA region which are; holders Uganda, hosts Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Somalia.