Kenya open CECAFA challenge cup campaign against Malawi

Nov 16, 2011
  • Jamal Mohammed is among the three foreign based players who will feature for Kenya at the CECAFA senior challenge Cup.

Kenya will play it's first match against Malawi in this year's edition of the CECAFA Tusker Challenge Cup on November 28 in Dar es Salaam.

The announcement of the fixtures comes just hours after Harambee Stars booked their place in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers where the two teams have also been pooled together in Group F.

The Flames of Malawi had earlier in the week pulled out of the regional tournament citing short notice from CECAFA who invited them as one of the two guest teams.

But the Southern African nation rescinded the decision and will now meet Kenya in a repeat of last year's group stage match that Harambee Stars lost 3-2. Kenya will meet Ethiopia on November 30 before wrapping up their pool matches on December 3rd against Sudan. Harambee Stars will play all its matches in Dar es Salaam.

CECAFA had initially invited Zambia and Ivory Coast as guest teams in the tournament. However, the regional football body was forced to withdraw the invitation since CAF regulations forbid teams that have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations from taking part in any competitions ahead of the continental showpiece. Both Zambia and Ivory Coast participated in the 2010 edition of the tournament last December with the latter finishing runners up behind hosts Tanzania.

Sudan,however, a CECAFA member country, has been exempted from the rule though they also qualified for the biennial continental showpiece to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in January.

At the same time, Namibia will be making their debut in the tournament replacing Eritrea who have withdrawn. Namibia will play in Pool A alongside hosts and title holders Tanzania, Rwanda and Djibouti.

Ethiopia which was initially in Pool A now joins Kenya, Sudan and Malawi in Pool C.Pool B comprises, Uganda, Burundi, Zanzibar and Somalia. The top two teams and the best two qualifiers from all the three groups qualify to the quarter finals.

East Africa Breweries Limited, through Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL,) has sponsored the tournament, which runs form November 25 to December 10.

 Meanwhile, James Situma (FK Tirana - Albania), Dennis Odhiambo (Pretoria University - South Africa), Jamal Mohamed (Turge Mures - Romania) will all be available for Harambee Stars in the regional tournament.

The trios' availability will no doubt add to the options coach Francis Kimanzi already has at disposal. On Monday Kimanzi called up five new players to the team's camp ahead of the CECAFA championship.

The new faces are Chemelil Sugar striker Victor Ochieng, Thika United's Yusuf Juma, Edwin Lavatsa (Gor Mahia), Jackton Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars) and Kevin Serenge (Western Stima). Having safely navigated the 2014 World Cup pre-qualifiers round, Kimanzi will be using the tournament to test new players in readiness for bigger assignments next year.

“I am still in the process of building the team. It is a step by step process and the CECAFA tournament will give me a chance to test my players, especially the local ones”, Kimanzi said after Tuesday's 4-0 win over Seychelles.

GROUP A: Tanzania, Rwanda, Namibia, DjiboutiGROUP B: Uganda, Burundi, Zanzibar, SomaliaGROUP C: Kenya, Sudan, Malawi, Ethiopia

CECAFA Fixtures 

Friday 25th Nov 2011        

Burundi Vs Somalia

Uganda Vs Zanzibar

 

Sat 26th Nov 2011 

Tanzania Vs Rwanda

 

Sun 27th Nov 2011

Namibia Vs Djibouti

Zanzibar Vs Burundi

 

Mon 28th Nov 2011

Sudan Vs Ethiopia

Kenya Vs Malawi

Somalia Vs Uganda

 

Tue 29th Nov 2011

Rwanda Vs Namibia

Djibouti Vs Tanzania

 

Wed 30th Nov 2011           

Ethiopia Vs Kenya

Malawi Vs Sudan

 

Thur 1st Dec 2011 

Somalia Vs Zanzibar

Burundi Vs Uganda

 

Fri 2nd Dec 2011    

Rwanda Vs Djibouti

Ethiopia Vs Malawi

 

Sat 3rd Dec 2011   

Kenya Vs Sudan

Tanzania Vs Namibia

 

Quarter Finals

Mon 5th Dec 2011  C2 Vs B2A1 Vs Best loser 1

Tue 6th Dec 2011   C1 Vs Best loser 2B1 Vs A2

 

Semi Finals

Thur 8th Dec 2011  Winner 19 Vs winner 20

Winner 21 Vs Winner 22

 

Final And Third Place

Sat 10th Dec 2011  Loser 23 Vs Loser 24

Winner 23 Vs Winner 24

 

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