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Tricky tests for champs Kenya, Cranes in Tuesday Cup semis

2019 CECAFA CHALLENGE CUP

(Kampala, December 7-22)

FIXTURES:

Tuesday, December 17

Semi-finals (Lugogo Stadium):

1.30pm: Kenya v Eritrea

4.00pm: Uganda v Tanzania Mainland

Results:

Sunday, December 15 (Lugogo Stadium)

Uganda 4-1 Djibouti Gp ‘A’

(Muzamiru Mutyaba – 14’ pen, Joakim Ojera 65’, Ben Ocen 79’, Bright Anukan 82’: Mohammed Haroun 69’)

Somalia 0-0 Eritrea Gp ‘A’

Sat, Dec 14 (Lugogo Stadium)

Kenya 1-0 Zanzibar Gp ‘B’

(Oscar Wamalwa 48′)

Sudan 0-0 Tanzania Mainland Gp ‘B’

Fri, Dec 13 (Lugogo Stadium)

Burundi 0-1 Somalia Gp ‘A’

(Omar Abdulahi 41′)

Djibouti 0-3 Eritrea

Wed, Dec 11 (Lugogo Stadium)

Eritrea 0-2 Uganda Gp ‘A’

(Nicholas Kasozi 58’, Mustafa Kizza 80’ pen)

Burundi 1-2 Djibouti Gp ‘A’

(Laundry Ndikumana 14’; Mahdi Hassan 11’, 71’)

Tue, Dec 10 (Lugogo Stadium):

Tanzania Mainland 1-0 Zanzibar Gp ‘B”

(Ditram Nchimbi 39′)

Sudan 1-2 Kenya Gp ‘B’

(Muhammad Namir 30′: Hassan Abdallah 65′,  Oscar Wamalwa 76’)

Mon Dec 9 (Lugogo Stadium):

Uganda 2-0 Somalia Gp ‘A’

(Allan Okello 28′,  67′)

Eritrea 1-0 Burundi Gp ‘A’

(Robel Kindane 45′)

Sun, Dec 8 (Lugogo Stadium):

Kenya 1-0 Tanzania Mainland Gp ‘B’

(20 Hassan Abdalla 5′)

Sudan 1-1 Zanzibar Gp ‘B’

(Montasir Osman 90’; Makame Hamisi Musa 55’)

Sat Dec 7 (Lugogo Stadium):

Uganda 2-1 Burundi Gp ‘A’

(Bright Anukani 8′,  Fahad Bayo 21′; Cedric  Rurasenga 60′)

Djibouti 0-0 Somalia Gp ‘A’

Group ‘A’:

  • Uganda
  • Burundi
  • Djibouti
  • Somalia
  • Eritrea

Group ‘B’:

  • Kenya (Defending champions)
  • Tanzania Mainland
  • Zanzibar
  • Sudan

*Absent: Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and (invited guests), DR Congo

CHAMPIONS Kenya face Eritrea and hosts Uganda take on Tanzania Mainland at Lugogo Stadium, Kampala, on Tuesday, in the semi-finals of this year’s Cecafa Challenge Cup.

The final pool (Group ‘A’) matches took place on Sunday, qualified Uganda beating Djibouti 4-1 and dashing their outside hopes of proceeding and meanwhile Eritrea drew 0-0 with Somalia to clinch second slot passage from the pool.

Eritrea (in white) battle in their 0-2 loss to Uganda at Lugogo last Wednesday. But the other results favoured the Eritreans who qualified for Tuesday’s semi-finals against Kenya

Eritrea (in white) battle in their 0-2 loss to Uganda at Lugogo last Wednesday. But the other results favoured the Eritreans who qualified for Tuesday’s semi-finals against Kenya

Kenya beat Zanzibar 4-3 on penalties after 2-2 in regulation time to win the championship when it was last held (2017) in Machakos County, Kenya. The name Eritrea may sound ‘small’ giving heavy odds to the Harambee Stars to reach the finals but history reminds the Kenyans of (home and away) defeats at the hands of Eritrea in qualifying matches of major championships.

Uganda versus Tanzania Mainland will also by no means be regarded as a walkover for the home Cranes, the highest-ranked nation by Fifa among the 12-nation Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) region.

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