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Will the East African Soccer Tourney 2024 also feature Swimming Competitions?

More than twelve teams from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania did hit the waves in the maiden East African Swimming Championships n December 2023 but will the feat be repeated in 2024?

The inaugural Swimming competition was held in Arusha City as part of the annual East Africa Chipkiz Cup and will involve individual swimmers and teams.

There were 12 teams and 46 individual swimming contestants in the maiden event which took place at Braeburn International School grounds.

Participants of the event were mostly be youth swimmers aged between 6 and 15 years in the first category, as well as those aged above 15 in the second batch.

The Director of the Future Stars Academy Alfred Itaeli reveals here that the Chipkizi Cup had pulled more than 300 soccer teams from all over the world into Northern Tanzania.

A total of 322 soccer teams, brought along more than 5000 players, all taking part in the week-long event. The football and Swimming events were held from 11 to 17 December, 2023 in Arusha.

The teams also dragged along more than 6000 supporters, for the 14th season of the annual East African Youth Soccer tournament, popularly known as the Chipkizi Cup.

Apart from Swimming, which was being held for the first time the East African soccer tourney 2023 featured several football competition categories, including Under-7; Under-9, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15, under-17 and Under-20, for both boys and girls.

Participating countries include Kenya, Uganda, Japan, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Rwanda, Cameroon, Somalia, DR Congo, South Africa, Zanzibar and the host Tanzania.

Then there were talent recruiting agents, scouts and soccer teams from the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Macedonia, Netherlands, Germany, Iceland, Kenya and Malawi.

The MLS, Chicago Fire from the U.S and the Outreach Ministry of Malawi are some of the soccer entities that were pitching camp in Tanzania for the Arusha-held event.

The Chipkizi Cup, which runs for the 15th year come December 2024 is usually staged at various venues in Arusha, including the Tanganyika Game Trackers (TGT) grounds, the Aga-Khan Sports Center, the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium and the United World Colleges (UWC).

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