By: Erias Kayondo
Zimbabwe Football Association (ZFA) has withdrawn their national team from participating in the forthcoming CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup due to take place in Kenya citing insecurity in the host country.
“Following a wide range of consultations with all stakeholders, the Zimbabwe Football Association has resolved to withdraw its commitment to participate in the 2017 CECAFA senior challenge cup due to the security risk posed by the volatile situation in the host country, Kenya.”
Reads part of the letter to the organising committee.
Zimbabwe was invited alongside the Mediterranean Knights of Libya to play as visitors in this tournament which unites countries within the CECAFA region.
Zimbabwe Football Association however noted that they are free and open to participate in any similar tournaments in future given opportunity in a conducive environment.
“Zimbabwe Football Association reiterates its commitment to fulfill all future tournaments and matches, provided the environment doesn’t in any way risk the safety of participating teams.”
Zimbabwe was pitted in Group B alongside holders Uganda, Ethiopia, Burundi and South Sudan in this year’s edition which is set to take place between 3rd and 17th of December.