December 9, 2021

Djibouti withdraw from hosting CECAFA Women Cup

By Edwin Kyle Kule
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The Djiboutian Football Federation (DFF) has come out to inform CECAFA about their withdrawal from hosting this year’s regional Women Challenge Cup as earlier scheduled.

This particular revelation was made by Youssouf Ahmed Mahamoud, the Federation’s Secretary General in a letter addressed to the Executive Director of the regional association, dated Tuesday, October 28.

”We regret to inform you that following the meeting of the Board of Directors that sat on Tuesday, October 26, it was decided that the tournament of the Senior Women’s teams will not be held in Djibouti,” the letter partly read.

“This is because of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Hadj Hassan Gouled Stadium, hence the failure to honour the invitation to host the prestigious tournament,” the latter stated.

Auka Gecheo, who is the CECAFA Executive Director, made a reply through their website, shortly after this revelation-that the regional board will be having a meeting where a different member association will be allowed to host the competition.

It is important to also note that Kenya are the defending champions of the tournament, a title they inclined after defeating Tanzania at the final of the 2019 championship, a championship hosted in Dar es Salaam.

The tournament was first played in Zanzibar in 1986 before taking a 30-year break. Only for Zanzibar to plan a reorganization of the event in 2007 but also not materializing.

The third edition of the tournament was played in Kigali Rwanda, 2018, a climax that saw the then defending champions Tanzania complete the defence, beating Kenya in the final.

The fourth and most recent edition of this tournament happened in 2019 and was hosted by Tanzania. In this tournament, Uganda finished third after winning against Burundi in a 2-0 scoreline.

Uganda would host this coveted Women Championship in the city of Jinja seven years later in what came to be a pleasant comeback. Tanzania clinched the holy grail.

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