Cecafa Day 2 Preview: Rematches all round

Cecafa Women's Championship preview
Rematch of Cecafa 2016 final as holders Tanzania lock horns with Kenya

Cecafa Women’s Championship 2018 enters day two on Saturday 21 July at the Stade de Kigali.

Mouthwatering clashes expected following huge upsets in the opening day matches on Thursday.

Uganda who stunned bitter rivals Kenya in the tournament opener will entertain Ethiopia before Kenya take on holders Tanzania in the late kick-off.

Both matches will be rematches of knockout clashes in the last edition of Cecafa Women’s Championship (2016).

The early kick-off will be a rematch of the 2016 third-place match where Rehima Zergaw’s hat-trick lifted Ethiopia to a comfortable 4-1 win over Uganda.

After avenging their 2016 group stage defeat to Kenya on Thursday, Uganda will be looking to do the same when they face Ethiopia.

This will not be an easy ask for the young, Faridah Bulega-coached side, as Ethiopia have a more experienced highlighted with the return of Birtukan Gebrekirstos.

However, Ethiopia will be without their hat-trick scorer Rehima Zergaw this time round and their topscorer in 2016 Loza Abera.

Uganda will also miss Hasifah Nassuna who scored their consolation goal against Ethiopia the last time out en route to clinching Cecafa 2016 golden boot.

Wounded heavyweights

The late kick-off will be a matchup of the wounded favourites as Kenya and Tanzania look to salvage their campaign.

Holders Tanzania fell 1-0 to Rwanda in their opener while Kenya were stunned by the same margin by Uganda.

The tie will be a rematch of the 2016 final where Mwanahamisi Omary’s brace fired Tanzania to a 2-1 victory.

The veteran playmaker is in Kilimanjaro Queens’ Cecafa 2018 squad while Kenya will miss their scorer in the 2016 final Christine Nafula.

Nafula is among a number of regulars who did not make Harambee Starlets squad for Cecafa 2018, including likes of Mary Kinuthia and midfielder Corazone Aquino.

Semi-finals

14h00 local time / 15h00 EAT: Ethiopia v Rwanda

16h30 local time / 17h30 EAT: Kenya v Tanzania

**Matches live on Azam TV (Sports Channel 2), downloadable on android & iphone

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