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South Sudan to battle DR Congo in 2019 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup

The Bright Star of South Sudan have been drawn to face guest side DR Congo in the in the 2019 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup to take place December 7-19th in Uganda.

Nicholas Musonye, the Secretary General of the Council of the East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) said although Zambia and Libya had applied to take part, they decided to accept Dr Congo.The

The draws conducted at the Tiffany Diamond Hotels on Sunday afternoon in Dare es Salaam, Tanzania placed South Sudan in Group B alongside DR Congo, Sudan and Somalia.

Kenya’s Harambee Stars, the defending champions have been drawn alongside Tanzania, Djbouti and Zanzibar in Group C, while Uganda Cranes are in Group A alongside Burundi, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

“The best two teams from each group and the best two losses will make it to the quarter finals,” said Musonye. He thanked Uganda for accepting to organize three Cecafa tournaments this year.

Justus Mugisha, the Acting President of the Uganda FA and the second Vice President Darius Mugoye together with the Cecafa Exco member Aimable Habimana and Al Hajji Mugoyi, the Tanzania Football Federation Exco member also attended the draws.

In the draws for the Cecafa U-17 Women’s Challenge Cup also conducted in Dar es Salaam, hosts Uganda are placed alongside Ethiopia, Eritrea and South Sudan in Group A, while Group B has Tanzania, Burundi and Djibouti.

Musonye said the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will take place December 7-19th, while the Cecafa U-17 Women’s Challenge Cup takes place December 9-18.

Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup groups

Group A: Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea

Group B: DR Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia

Group C: Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Zanzibar

Cecafa U-17 Women’s Challenge Cup groups

Group A: Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan

Group B: Tanzania, Burundi, Djibouti