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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CECAFA Cup Final Preview: Kenya Bracing for Sudan Test, Tickets Go on Sale

It will cost you Kshs. 300 for terrace and Kshs 500 for VIP seats when Kenya play Sudan in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final on Thursday evening.

The CECAFA 2013 Local Organizing Committee released the ticketing information for the match which will be played at Nyayo National Stadium at 5pm.

Kenya booked their slot in the final for the second consecutive time after edging out neighbours Tanzania 1-0 in the semis played at Nyayo on Tuesday evening. Sudan on the other hand dismissed guest team Zambia 2-1 in extra time to enter the final for the first time in 6 years.

The tickets will be sold in Nakumatt Supermarkets, at the Nairobi Cinema and in Riadha House.

Kenya will be gunning for their 6th triumph in the regional tournament as Sudan go for their 4th title. Harambee Stars last won the title in 2002 when the tournament was held in Tanzania. Since then, they have lost two finals both in Ugandan soil and against the Cranes last year and in 2008.

They topped their group, albeit through a toss, to set up a quarterfinal clash against Rwanda, a match they won 1-0 through a 56th minute penalty from Joakins Atudo. Clifton Miheso’s 5th minute tap in was enough to fend off the challenge of Tanzania in the semis.

Sudan have triumphed more recently than Kenya having lifted the trophy twice in a row in 2006 and 2007. Last year, they failed to advance past the group stage level after winning only one match in a group that was won by Burundi with Tanzania grabbing the runners-up slot.

However, they have turned on the style this year with entertaining attacking football that has won them plaudits from even the most biased of fans. They eased past Ethiopia 2-0 in the quarters setting up a semi final duel against Zambia, a match they put to rest in extra time with a 2-1 win.

This is will be first meeting between Kenya and Sudan in Nairobi after the 2011 LG cup where a goal each from Sudan’s Mohamed Musa and Abdel Kadir helped the Nile Crocodiles to a 2-1 defeat of the hosts. Kenya’s only goal came from Ajaccio’s Dennis Oliech.

Losing semi-finalists, Zambia and Tanzania will play the third-place playoff match before the final.

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