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Kenyans brace for Zambia match in east African tourney
24/12/2008 17:32

West African team Zambia have been pitted in the same group with defending champions Sudan in the east African soccer tournament - Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, local media reported.
Zambia also will play Djibouti, Burundi, Kenya in Group B while they have avoided nine-time winners and hosts Uganda, drawn in Group A which also has Zanzibar, Tanzania, Rwanda and Somalia.
The "Chipolopolo" boys will be making a return to the East and Central African Championship after a one-year absence.
Keyan side is hoping to revenge the 2-0 defeat by Zambia they suffered in 1991, Daily Nation newspaper said
"Zambia is a very strong side and they have proved just that in the recent past. Nonetheless, their presence in the tournament will add flare and make the matches more challenging," said Kenya's head coach, Francis Kimanzi.
Midfielder Jamal Mohammed also expressed confidence in Kenya maintaining their momentum as they seek to underline their authority in the region.
"All the matches in the tournament are going to be tough. But we have been training hard and hope to continue with our winning ways. We have to keep our composure, our concentration," he said.
Mohammed predicted an entertaining encounter against the West Africans. "Although Zambia are not in our Cecafa region, they're a good side. They will be targeting to win in Uganda. But in football, what matters in the 90 minutes of play," said Mohammed.
Zambia were invited as guests to replace Eritrea who have withdrawn from the two-week tournament.
"We believe that Zambia is a strong side that will make the Cecafa tournament more challenging," Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye told the Daily Nation.
Uganda will take on Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Somalia in Group A. Despite being guests, the Chipolopolo are not newcomers to the Cecafa Cup tournament.