Why 2024 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup could be known as Museveni Cup

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FOOTBALL Why 2024 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup could be known as Museveni Cup

Joel Omotto 07:32 - 27.02.2024

The 2024 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup could bear the name of Uganda President Yoweri Museveni if plans by the tournament organisers succeed.

The 2024 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup could be named after Uganda President Yoweri Museveni if he agrees to sponsor the event following a request by the tournament organisers.

The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) revealed last week that the Senior Challenge Cup is set to return after a five-year hiatus with Zanzibar playing host to this year’s edition, whose dates are yet to be revealed.

With financial challenges leading to the cancellation of the last five editions, CECAFA is moving with speed to secure sponsors for the 2024 tournament and that includes a request to President Museveni to sponsor the winner’s prize which would see the tournament rebranded in his honour.

“President Samia Suluhu Hassan contributed $100,000 (Ksh14.5 million) in prize money to the winners of the women’s [2023 CAF Women's Champions League CECAFA qualifiers] competition but there was some confusion, we could not give her the respect she deserved by calling it Samia Cup because it was a CAF club competition,” CECAFA president Wallace Karia told the media during the CECAFA General Assembly in Mombasa at the weekend.

“But now, we have decided national teams will be vying for the prize so we will call it Samia Cup. President Museveni we asked him to support the U23 but now, we have written a letter asking him to bring the prize to the Senior Challenge Cup which will be hosted in Zanzibar this year so that he gets the respect he deserves.

“In the other competitions, we saw it was not possible to give them that honour [naming competitions after them] because of marketing, branding, and other issues to do with sponsorship.”

It would not be the first time a CECAFA competition is named after a sitting president since the CECAFA Club Championships is known as the Kagame Cup, in honour of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, who sponsors the winner’s prize.

The Senior Challenge Cup was last held in 2019 in Uganda when the hosts claimed the title after beating Eritrea 3-0 in the final.

Having been held consistently since 1999, the competition has been on and off in the last 10 years, failing to take place in 2014, 2016 and 2018 before the five-year lull.

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