It was a full house at the Harambee Stars training camp on Tuesday 3rd December at Kasarani with players beaming with confidence ahead of the upcoming CECAFA Senior Championships to be held in Uganda.
The close to two weeks competition will run from December 7-19 at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru and the Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe in Jinja.
Kenya is the defending champions of this championship having edged Zanzibar in the last edition they hosted in 2017. Harambee Stars are pooled in Group C alongside Tanzania, Djibouti, and Zanzibar.
Hosts Uganda coached
by Jonathan Makinstry assisted by Abdallah Mubiru have been plunged in Group A
alongside Burundi, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. But some reports indicated that
Ethiopia had pulled out but Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) is
yet to confirm.
DR Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia are in Group B while Group C is comprised of Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, and Zanzibar.
This will be the first CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup to be hosted by Uganda since 2012 which they eventually won.
Harambee Stars new players who are already in camp include Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) rookie Reagan Otieno and Tusker’s Luke Amanda.Other new faces include Benson Omala of Western Stima,Suleiman Ngotho of Posta Rangers and Johnstone Omurwa of Wazito FC among others.
Nevertheless,Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi has expressed satisfaction in the newly assembled side.
Stars entered day two of residential training on Tuesday, at the MISC Kasarani, with coach Kimanzi looking forward to the possibility of retaining the trophy.
“Everyone who was called up to the camp has reported and is training hard for the tournament,” said the coach.
He continued, “We are looking forward to retaining the trophy we won in the 2017 CECAFA Championships.”
AFC Leopards midfielder, Whyvone Isuza, exuded confidence in his team’s capability to defend the trophy
“We are preparing well for the championships and we will do our best to defend the trophy,” said Whyvone Isuza.
Group A is comprised of hosts Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and Eritrea, while Group B will pit guest team DR Congo against Sudan, South Sudan, and Somalia.
The top two teams in each group, as well as two best losers from the three groups, will proceed to the tournament’s quarterfinal.