In 2012, Tusker, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, the three most succesful and storied Kenya clubs finished in the top 3 of the Kenya premier league.
The country hosting the CECAFA club cup aka Kagame cup typically enters 2 or 3 teams as Tanzania did last year. With that in mind Kenya would have been a perfect host in 2013. Nicholas Musonye, the CECAFA chairman has in the past complained that Kenyan fans are disinterested in football. However a regional tournament featuring Kenya’s 3 top would have been a crowd puller.
It would give fans from towns outside Nairobi a chance to watch top flight football. If the renovations at the stadium in Kisumu are complete, Gor Mahia would play some of their home matches there. Ingwe would play some home matches in Mumias or Bukhungu. While Tusker would play games in Nakuru where the fans have been starved of international football.
And with the 3 clubs stoking interest in these towns, it is likely that the matches involving other teams would have been well attended as well.
It was 1984 when Kenya hosted this cup at the newly constructed Nyayo stadium. Public interest was at fever pitch and all matches were well attended. Most matches including those not involving Kogalo or Ingwe were well attended. Since then, the interest of the Kenyan public in this tournament has been waning to the point where it is almost moribund. Hosting the CECAFA club cup would be a good way for Mr. Musonye and his team to revive the interest of the Kenyan public.
However as things stand now, it appears only Ethiopia and Rwanda have expressed interest in hosting the cup. The latter have already hosted the tournament numerous times within the past few years.