Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda/Malawi: Rwanda Face Stern Malawi Test in Cecafa Opener

Rwanda's Amavubi Stars will open their Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup campaign with a stern test against Malawi on November 26. The Cosafa side, which was preferred to Cameroon and Zimbabwe as a last minute replacement for Djibouti, is making a third appearance in the competition which dates back to 1926.

On November 29, the Wasps take on Zanzibar before winding up their Group C campaign with a tie against Eritrea on December 1.

In Group A which has been touted as the 'group of death', reigning champions Uganda open their title defence against Kenya's Harambee Stars on November 24 while Ethiopia entertain debutants and Fifa's newest members South Sudan. The four teams share 21 Cecafa championships amongst them with Uganda leading at 12, Kenya 5 and Ethiopia 4 times.

Group B pits 2007 champions Sudan against Tanzania, Burundi and Somalia.

Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, who presided over the draws in Kampala, is confident the tournament will be a success.

"We have all the confidence that Uganda will put up a good show as hosts," he said.

At the end of the group stage, the top two teams from each group together with the best two third placed teams will qualify for the quarter-finals slated for December 3 - 4.

MP3, YOUTUBEThis will be followed by the semi-finals on December 6 and the final two days later.

The tournament will be broadcast live on Supersport.

GROUP A - Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan

GROUP B - Tanzania, Sudan, Burundi and Somalia

GROUP C - Malawi, Eritrea, Rwanda and Zanzibar

FULL FIXTURES:

Group A Fixtures

November 24: Ethiopia v Sudan: Uganda v Kenya

November 27: South Sudan v Kenya: Uganda v Ethiopia

November 30: Kenya v Ethiopia: South Sudan v Uganda

Group B fixtures

November 25: Burundi v Somalia: Tanzania v Sudan

November 28: Somalia v Sudan: Tanzania v Burundi

December 1: Sudan v Burundi: Somalia v Tanzania

Group C fixtures

November 26: Zanzibar v Eritrea: Rwanda v Malawi

November 29: Malawi v Eritrea: Rwanda v Zanzibar

December 1: Malawi v Zanzibar: Eritrea v Rwanda

Quarter finals fixtures: December 3rd and 4th

Semi-finals: December 6th

Finals: December 8th.

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