Rwanda: Amavubi to face Somalia in the first round, CHAN 2020 qualifiers

Amavubi, the National Team of Rwanda will play Somalia in the first and second round of the qualifiers of the 2020 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed the dates.

Rwanda who was drawn against Somalia in the Central-East Zone qualifiers will play the first leg of the first round on July 26-28, 2019 in Mogadishu while the return leg will be held in Kigali on August 2-4, 2019.

Should Amavubi Stars eliminate Somalia on aggregate, Masami’s charges will progress to the next face of the qualifiers where an arguably trickier assignment against either South Sudan or Uganda lies in wait.

The first leg of the second round will then be played in Kigali or Somalia on September 20-22 depending on which teams progresses to the second round then the return leg will be staged in either Kampala or Juba on October 18-20.

The eventual winner in the second round will automatically book a ticket to the 2020 Ethiopia CHAN finals tournament as representatives of the Central-Eastern Africa zone.

Vincent Mashami’s Amavubi will be looking to qualify for the continent’s second biggest football event for the fourth time – and a third time in a row –having participated at the 2011 edition in Sudan, the 2016 competition held in Rwanda and the 2018 finals tournament staged in Morocco.

The 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN), a competition designed for players featuring in their respective domestic leagues, will be held in Ethiopia, and forty-seven (47) teams are engaged in the battle for 15 places to join host Ethiopia for the final tournament of the sixth edition of the tournament.

Here is the table of  the 2020 CHAN for Central Eastern Zone Qualifiers

First Round

Match 1: Tanzania vs Sudan (July 26-27-28, 2019)
Match 2: Sudan vs Tanzania (August 02-03-04, 2019)
Match 3: Kenya vs Burundi (July 26-27-28, 2019)
Match 4: Burundi vs Kenya (August 02-03-04, 2019)
Match 5: South Sudan vs Uganda (July 26-27-28, 2019)
Match 6: Uganda vs South Sudan (August 02-03-04, 2019)
Match 7: Somalia vs Rwanda (July 26-27-28, 2019)
Match 8: Rwanda vs Somalia (August 02-03-04, 2019)

Second Round
Match 9: Winner Kenya/Burundi vs Winner Tanzania/Sudan (Sept.20-22, 2019)
Match 10: Winner Tanzania/Sudan Vs /Winner Kenya/Burundi (Oct.18-20, 2019)
Match 11: Winner Somalia/Rwanda vs Winner S. Sudan/Uganda (Sept. 20-22)
Match 12: Winner S. Sudan/Uganda Vs Winner Somalia/Rwanda (Oct. 18-20)

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