By David Kalyango
The rivalry between Uganda and Kenya will be renewed when the 2019 Cecafa Senior Women Challenge Cup starts in Dar es Salaam next month.
Uganda’s Crested Cranes and Kenya’s Harambee Starlets are pooled in B, together with Ethiopia and Djibouti in what is considered the group of death.
The Cecafa Challenge Cup will be staged in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from November 14-23, according the draws conducted in Nairobi on Friday.
The Crested Cranes play their opener against Djibouti on November 15 at the Chamanzi Stadium, Dar es Salaam.
The Crested Cranes return to action on November 17 with a battle against rivals Ethiopia before entertaining neighbours Kenya two days later, at the same venue.
The best two teams from each group will advance into the semi-finals set for November 21 ahead of the third-place playoff; and final slated for November 23.
Crested Cranes defeated both Ethiopia and Kenya 2-1 and 1-0, respectively during the last Cecafa Championship in Kigali, Rwanda last year.
This year’s tournament has eight national teams, including South Sudan. Others are hosts –Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Zanzibar, Kenya and Ethiopia.
The South Sudan Football Federation president Francis Amin confirmed his country’s participation in the tournament, in a message to the Cecafa secretariat.
“We wish to confirm our participation, for the first time, in the 2019 Cecafa Senior Women’s Challenge Cup,” read the Amin letter, in parts – a position Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye echoed: “Eight countries including, South Sudan have confirmed participation in the tournament.”
“The Tanzania Football Federation and Cecafa have proceeded to make a formal application to Fifa through Caf for funds to run the event,” revealed Musonye.
Fufa has since strengthened The Crested Cranes’ technical team with the appointment of Kawempe Muslim SS, and U-17 Girls’ national team coach, Ayub Khalifa as one of the assistant to Faridah Bulega. Others are SC Villa coach, Edward Kaziba and James Magala, who concentrates on goalkeepers as Oliver Mbekeka fine-tune the players’ fitness levels.
Khalifa’s appointment will last for the period the Cecafa women cup will be stage in Tanzania.
Faridah Bulega – Head Coach
Edward Kaziba – Assistant Coach
Ayub Khalifa – 2nd Assistant coach
Olive Mbekeka –Fitness Coach
James Magala –Goal keeping coach
Paul Ssali –Team Coordinator
Mable Kabatalindwa –Team Doctor
Prosy Nalwada –Equipment Manager
Tanzania, Burundi, Zanzibar and South Sudan.
Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
NB. All matches at Chamanzi
Burundi v Zanzibar
Tanzania v South Sudan
Ethiopia v Kenya
Uganda v Djibouti
South Sudan v Zanzibar
Burundi v Tanzania
Kenya v Djibouti
Uganda v Ethiopia
South Sudan v Burundi
Zanzibar v Tanzania
Djibouti v Ethiopia
Kenya v Uganda