Reigning champions and hosts Uganda Cranes will battle bitter rivals Kenya in their opener of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) championship. Uganda will play Kenya at 6pm at Namboole, minutes after Ethiopia open against South Sudan at 3:00pm.
Uganda was drawn in group A alongside Kenya, Ethiopia and newcomers South Sudan in what has already been dubbed the Group of Death.
South Sudan are arguably the weaker side on paper in the group and Ethiopia are the using the tournament to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations early next year in South Africa.
Three teams in group A have won the title most times. Uganda leading the way with 12, Kenya with 5 and Ethiopia with 4.
Group B has Tanzania, Sudan, Burindi and Somalia who are already in the country.
In the other groups Rwanda was drawn in group C alongside, Eritrea, guests Malawi and Zanzibar.
The final of the tournament will played at Namboole on 8th December.
Meanwhile, Malawi will be the only guest team in this year’s CECAFA-Tusker Cup.
Cameroon and Zimbabwe had earlier showed interest in participating in the same tournament but the regional organizing committee has chosen Malawi. CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye confirmed the development saying that Malawi has always proved a well coordinated, disciplined and competitive side in these tournaments.
This will be the third consecutive time Malawi is participating as a guest team since 2010.
Malawi replaces Djibouti, a member country that pulled out of the tournament due to administrative challenges at home. Djibouti goes to polls to elect a new FA President this Saturday under the supervision of the FIFA officials.
Below are the the fixtures
The Somali National team arrived in Kampala on Friday to camp here a head of the tournament kick off. An advance party from Mogadishu is already in Kampala to make the necessary ground preparations.
The fixtures are as follows
CECAFA TUSKER CUP 2012
24TH NOVEMBER – 8TH DECEMBER – NAMBOOLE KAMPALA
GROUP A UGANDA, ETHIOPIA, KENYA, SOUTH SUDAN
GROUP B SUDAN, TANZANIA, BURUNDI, SOMALIA
GROUP C RWANDA, MALAWI, ZANZIBAR, ERITREA
(QUALIFICATION: GROUP 1st and 2nd, GROUP B 1st and 2nd, GROUP C 1st and 2nd PLUS TWO BEST QUALIFIERS FROM ALL GROUPS QUALIFY TO QUARTER FINALS)
DATE NO. TEAMS GROUP VENUE TIME
Sat. 24th Nov. 2012 1 Ethiopia vs S.Sudan A Namboole 3pm
Sat. 24th Nov. 2012 2 Uganda vs Kenya A Namboole 6pm
Sun 25th Nov. 2012 3 Burundi vs Somalia B Namboole 4pm
Sun 25th Nov. 2012 4 Tanzania vs Sudan B Namboole 6pm
Mon 26th Nov. 2012 5 Zanzibar vs Eritrea C Namboole 4pm
Mon 26th Nov. 2012 6 Rwanda vs Malawi C Namboole 6pm
Tue 27th Nov. 2012 7 S.Sudan vs Kenya A Namboole 4pm
Tue 27th Nov. 2012 8 Uganda vs Ethiopia A Namboole 6pm
Wed 28th Nov. 2012 9 Somali vs Sudan B Namboole 4pm
Wed 28th Nov. 2012 10 Tanzania vs Burundi B Namboole 6pm
Thur 29th Nov. 2012 11 Malawi vs Eritrea C Namboole 4pm
Thur 29th Nov. 2012 12 Rwanda vs Zanzibar C Namboole 6pm
Fri 30th Nov. 2012 13 Kenya Vs Ethiopia A Namboole 4pm
Fri 30th Nov. 2012 14 S. Sudan vs Uganda A Namboole 6pm
Sat 1st Dec. 2012 15 Sudan vs Burundi B Namboole 2pm
Sat 1st Dec. 2012 16 Somalia vs Tanzania B Nakivubo 2pm
Sat 1st Dec. 2012 17 Malawi vs Zanzibar C Nakivubo 4pm
Sat 1st Dec. 2012 18 Eritrea vs Rwanda C Namboole 4pm
Sun 2nd Dec. 2012 REST DAY
Mon3rd Dec. 2012 19 C1 vs B2 Namboole 4pm
Mon 3rd Dec. 2012 20 A1 vs Best Q2 Namboole 7pm
Tue 4th Dec. 2012
Tue 4th Dec. 2012 21
22 B1 Vs Best Q1
A2 Vs C2 Namboole
Wed 5th Dec. 2012 REST DAY
Thur 6th Dec. 2012 23 Winner 19 vs Winner 20 Namboole 4pm
Thur 6th Dec. 2012 24 Winner 21 vs Winner 22 Namboole 7pm
Fri 7th Dec. 2012 REST DAY
Sat 8th Dec. 2012 Finals and third place
Sat 8th Dec. 2012 25
26 Loser 23 vs loser 24
Winner 23 vs Winner 24 Namboole