Muha J. M.
Rwandan Coach Antonia Hey has turned his focus on preparing the team for the 2017 Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup due to held in Kenya from November 25 to December 9, 2017.
“After defeating Ethiopia, I want to start preparing the team ready for CHAN 2018. We should have a strong team that will start training starts next week,” Hey said.
The Amavubi qualified after drawing goalless with Ethiopia and having won 3-2 in the first leg away e in Addis Ababa last weekend.
“We are very happy for this remarkable CHAN qualification achievement. Eight months back, we started from zero, had no team, nothing at all and now we have qualified for CHAN and it’s something that we can really be proud of,” Hey added
“We are starting preparations for CECAFA Challenge Cup next week. We will use only the CHAN team, CECAFA tournament will be preparation tournament CHAN Cup.” Hey added
Rwanda will train for one week before heading to Kenya for the two-week long regional tournament.
According to CECAFA secretariat, the tournament will be hosted at three stadiums; Kakamega, Kisumu and Nakuru as host venues for the 12-nation event while Nairobi and Machakos will be put on standby.
CECAFA general secretary Nicholas Musonye, “We are promising a credible tournament with beefed up security. People will be surprised at how peaceful it will be in the chosen venues. Kenya has never had a problem with security and football is a unifying movement. Expect to see both sides of the political parties mingling with ease.”
Musonye further said: “As CECAFA, we’ve engaged sponsors and broadcasters whom we shall reveal in due course. We want this year’s edition to bring back the good memories the tournament has had from the days of Gosage cup.”
Apart from Rwanda, hosts Kenya, Libya and Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zanzibar, Sudan, Burundi, Somalia, and Uganda are the other participating nations.
Kenya last hosted the tourney in 2013, beating Sudan 2-0 in the final to lift the trophy.
In the edition held in 2015, Rwanda reached the final but lost the final to Uganda 0-1 the defending champions.