All set for CECAFA as Starlets face Uganda in opener
- The stage is all but set for this year's edition of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Women Cup that will be held in Kigali, Rwanda
- Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye said that all measures have been put in place, adding that five teams will take part in the competition
The stage is all but set for this year’s edition of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Women Cup that will be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye said that all measures have been put in place, adding that five teams will take part in the competition.
The eight-day football bonanza will run from July 19-27 in the Rwandan capital.
“We have had a commitment from CAF and we are hosting the competition in Kigali. We have managed to put everything in place and we have received money from FIFA,” Musonye said.
“We shall run it on a league basis and all teams will play four matches.”
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and hosts Rwanda will battle it out of the honours.
The competition was initially penciled for early last month but was postponed owing to logistical challenges.
Kenya’s Harambee Starlets will be aiming to win the title after coming agonizingly close in 2016 when they finished as runner-up, after losing 2-1 to Tanzania in the final in Jinja, Uganda.
The Starlets will launch their quest for the title against Uganda on July 19 before battling Tanzania two days later. They’ll then take on Ethiopia on July 25, before wrapping up with a tricky duel against Rwanda on July 27.
At the same time, Tanzania will host the 2019 African Cup of Nations under-17 qualifiers and the finals.
Teams from the Cecafa region will converge in Dar es Salaam for the tourney that will pick the top two finishers to join host Tanzanian for the showpiece.
A total of eight teams across Africa will qualify for the finals, including Tanzania who qualified automatically as hosts.
Musonye said that plans are already put in place to ensure the qualifiers are staged successfully.
“We have support from Caf and Uefa. Eleven of our member countries have confirmed participation. The qualifier and finals will be in Tanzania,” Musonye remarked.
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