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CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup

  • December 12, 2013
  • • 18:30
  • • Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi
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Kenya coach Adel Amrouche getting ready for the final on Thursday.

Kenya- Sudan Preview: Chance for Harambee Stars to end 11 year wait for Cecafa trophy

Kenya coach Adel Amrouche getting ready for the final on Thursday.

Dennis Mabuka.

For the second time in a row, Kenya have a chance to reclaim the regional Cup when they confront Sudan's Falcons in the final at Nyayo Stadium

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

KENYA

Duncan Ochieng'
Mohammed, Atudo, Owino, Situma
Kahata, Opiyo, Akumu
Wanga, Miheso, Lavatsa
SUDAN

Abdelrahman Ali
Bashir, Elsiddig, Maki, Mohammed
Kamal, Elytab, Tahir
Elhang, Abdallah, Ibrahim

For the second season running, Kenya finds themselves in the final of Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup when they come up against Sudan at Nyayo Stadium on Thursday.

Last year, the team lost 1-0 to eventual champions Uganda Cranes in Kampala and now have an opportunity to make up for the defeat and end the country’s eleven year wait for the regional trophy.

This will be the third time Kenya have reached the final of the tournament with the other being in 2008 when it also ended in heart-ache after a 1-0 loss to then hosts Uganda Cranes.

Will it be third time lucky for the Stars? This is the big question that most home fans will want answered in the affirmative at the end of 90 minutes on Thursday.

Home-ground advantage coupled with high expectations from local fans should spur Stars to victory. Coach Adel Amrouche is likely to retain the same squad which has taken him this far meaning he will start Allan Wanga and Edwin Lavatsa upfront while Peter Opiyo and Francis Kahata anchor the midfield.

Ever since coming into this tournament, Sudan have proved that they are one of the favourites and could give the home team plenty of problems. They have some of the most lethal hit men in Mohammed Tahir and Salah Ibrahim who are likely to make the final an exciting affair.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sudan have won the regional tournament three times in 1980, 2006 and 2007.

  • Sudan lost only one match during this year’s preliminary matches after they went down 1-0 to Uganda Cranes.

  • Sudan (pictured) beat Kenya 2-1 the last time they met in Nairobi and it was during the LG Cup played in 2011 at Nyayo Stadium.

  • Kenya have won the regional tournament five times in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 2002.

  • Kenya have lost in the last two Senior Challenge Cup finals in 2008 and 2012 to Uganda Cranes and when the tournament was held in Kampala.

  • This is the first Cup final for Kenyan coach Adel Amrouche, who has been at the helm for less than one year.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Kenya

Sudan

Wins
1
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Kenya KEN
Kenya Kenya
Draw
Sudan SUD
Sudan Sudan
77%
23%

Top 3 Predictions

Kenya KEN
2 - 0
Sudan SUD
Kenya KEN
2 - 1
Sudan SUD
Kenya KEN
1 - 0
Sudan SUD

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