The inaugural Confederation of African Football (CAF) women champions hangs in the balance over new requirements issued by the continental body.

Kenya was supposed to host the East Africa edition of the competition to be run from July 17 to August 1.

However, a new requirement by CAF that all participating teams in the tournament undergoing club licensing.

Club licensing has been a controversial issue even for men clubs and its introduction to women teams is likely to lock out a number of them. It was introduced by CAF more than five years ago to inject professionalism in how clubs are run.

According to a  Football Kenya Federation (FKF) official they are not sure whether to go ahead with organizing the tournament which is supposed to bring together clubs from 11 countries in the region.

“As it is, the tournament hangs in the balance at the moment because CAF insists all clubs taking part must have been licensed over the last three years. It is impossible to fulfill this requirement,” said the official who asked not to be named.

Vihiga United have been picked to represent the country in the tournament after they won the league in 2019.

In a letter from FKF to Vihiga Queens written last month, clubs from 11 countries are expected to take part in the tournament.