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Bright Star face Burundi test

The Bright Star will be all out to get a good result when they battle hosts Burundi in a first leg clash of the 2020 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier in Bujumbura today.

It will also be the first test for new coach Cyprian Besong Ashu and his assistant Petros Koukouras.

“The boys are responding well and the motivation is high. We need to play with caution to try and get a good result before the return leg,” said coach Ashu.

In the first match played around the CECAFA region on Friday Ethiopia defeated hosts Djibouti 1-0.

On Saturday other games on card will see Uganda Cranes face Somalia in the first leg to be played in Djibouti. The match could not be played in Mogadishu because of the unstable political situation in Somalia.

On Sunday Tanzania will host the Harambee Stars of Kenya in what promises to be a thriller. The two sides faced off in the just concluded 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Kenya winning 3-2.

Rwanda and Sudan who have accumulated high points in the CHAN competition are exempted from the first round and will start their campaign in round 2. Rwanda will face the winner between Djibouti and Ethiopia, while Sudan takes on the winner between Tanzania and Kenya.

The CHAN tournament is played by locally based players playing in the domestic leagues of the respective countries. Morocco are the defending champions.