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Rwanda set for CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018

Posted on Jul 16 2018

Rwanda is ready to host the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018 edition which gets underway on Thursday at Stade de Kigali.

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) Vice President Marcel Habyarimana confirmed the development in a press conference held on Monday at FERWAFA Headquarters in Remera.

He said, “We are all set and ready to host a successful tournament-Cecafa Women Challenge Cup. With some teams already embarking on their trip to Kigali, all related facilities earmarked to host the tournament are in place,”

“We have secured the needed funding for the tournament and we believe to host one of the best successful tournaments in the country,” added Habyarimana.

Habyarimana who was accompanied by the National Women Team head coach Kayiranga Jean Baptista and skipper Nibagwire Gloria Sifa urged fans to turn out in large numbers to support Rwanda’s women national team as they seek to win the title on home soil.

Kayiranga who is optimistic on Rwanda’s chances of staging triumphant performances said that the team’s objective is to at least claim the championship accolade.

“I have belief in my squad players and based on their attitude and determination, I am confident they can proudly win the tournament,”

“We need to go into the opening match against defending champions Tanzania with a confident mind and register a positive start if we are to realize our ambition,” added Kayiranga.

Skipper Nibagwire said, “We have had good experience with all our opponents following the 2015 edition and despite having a short period of ample preparations; we are optimistic, determined and eager to make our nation and Rwandan women proud,”

“I am urging Rwandans to come in large numbers and support and we will do our level best to make them happy,” added Nibagwire.

Rwanda which has been undergoing non-residential intensive preparations since July 10 opens her regional account against reigning champions Tanzania on Thursday July 19 at 4:15pm at Stade de Kigali. On the same day, Kenya will take on Uganda in an earlier game at 2pm.

Action will resume on Saturday, July 21 with Ethiopia facing Uganda while Kenya will be up against Tanzania.

Rwanda will be back to action on Monday when they host Ethiopia after an earlier match between Uganda and Tanzania.

On Wednesday, July 25, Rwanda will battle Uganda as Kenya takes on Ethiopia before the final league-format matches which will see Rwanda hosting Kenya as Ethiopia takes on Tanzania on Friday, July 27 with the overall winner being crowned.

Teams expected to give Rwanda a good run for their money includes defending champions Tanzania who are eager to defend their throne, Kenya’s Harambee Starlets, Uganda and Ethiopia respectively.

Last year, Tanzania won the title after edging Kenya in the final while Ethiopia overcame hosts Uganda to take third place. Rwanda could not qualify from the group stage round.

CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018
Thursday, July 19
Kenya vs Uganda (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Rwanda vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Friday, July 20: Rest Day

Saturday, July 21
Ethiopia v Uganda (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Kenya v Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Sunday, July 22: Rest Day

Monday, July 23
Uganda vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Rwanda vs Ethiopia (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Tuesday, July 24: Rest Day

Wednesday, July 25
Kenya vs Ethiopia (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Uganda vs Rwanda (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Thursday, July 26: Rest Day

Friday, July 27
Ethiopia vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Rwanda vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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