Mombasa County Stadium in this photo taken on November 26, 2016. PHOTO | KEVIN ODITMombasa County Stadium in this photo taken on November 26, 2016. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT

The Mombasa County government has declared interest in staging the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

The County’s Director of Sports Rajab Babu told Nairobi News the country’s second largest city would love to host selected matches at the newly constructed Bomu Stadium.

“We have invited Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and Cecafa officials to come and inspect the Bomu Stadium and recommend any changes. Our residents love football and are ready to welcome visitors,” said Rajabu.

The 5000-seater Stadium Bomu stadium has been constructed at a cost of Sh70 million.

POSSIBLE VENUES

Rajabu’s declaration comes a week after the regional football body, in its annual sitting in Khartoum, endorsed Kenya to host the 12-nation competition in November and December.

Consequently, FKF recently conducted an inspection visit of possible venues and announced Kakamega, Kisumu and Nakuru as host venues for the matches.

Mombasa last hosted the Cecafa games in 2013, when Kenya beat Rwanda by a solitary goal in the quarters at the then Municipal Stadium which is now undergoing renovations.

Mombasa is considered an ideal destination for sports tourism, with visitors also all too keen to enjoy the sandy beaches, warm weather, historical sites among other amenities.