On 2 September 2012, the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations [CECAFA] held a Special Meeting in Seychelles, with one of the primary agenda being the hosting of the 2012 edition of the Senior Challenge Cup.
Kenya, who had earlier been named the hosts, had been stripped off the right in favour of Uganda, leading to an outcry from Football Kenya Federation, regarding what they described as bias-hence the Special Meeting.
The meeting in Seychelles, attended by all 12 members, requested the chairman of CECAFA, Leoadegar Tenga convenes an Executive Committee meeting and iron out the controversy.
The Executive Committee meeting was held on Thursday 13 September 2012, in Dar es Salaam and it threw the decision regarding the host country to the Sponsors’ East African Breweries Limited, who ultimately ruled that it should be held in Uganda.
-The Committee took note of the fact during the General Assembly in Dar last year Kenya was earmarked to host the event, but at the same time, the General Assembly was informed of the contractual obligations between CECAFA and the sponsors and the fact that the sponsors will have an input on where the event will be held in regard to their alignment in the region, read a communiqué from CECAFA, signed by Chairman Tenga and Secretary General Nicholas Musonye.
-It should be noted that EABL are the brand holders of the event. But it is regional branches, the subsidiary Breweries in various countries that fund the event. The case in Tanzania was Serengeti Breweries, while in Uganda it is Uganda Breweries who are committed to funding this year’s tournament and have already launched the 2012 event in Kampala.
The Committee, declaring that the tournament be held in Uganda, also promised to take Kenya into consideration when planning future editions of the event.