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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Mainland host Kenya

14th November 2012
Some of the Harambee Stars players who arrived at the Mwanza Airport yesterday ahead of their friendly tie with Kilimanjaro stars at the CCM Kirumba Stadium today. (Photo: George Ramadhan)

Mainland Tanzania football team, or popularly known as Kilimanjaro Stars. will be in action against visiting Kenya at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza today.

The hosts made an ad hoc training under coach Kim Poulsen after the end of the first half of the Mainland premiership season over the weekend.

Both teams are playing the game as a build up friendly ahead of next week’s Challenge Cup championship that kicks off in Kampala.

The match will be the only friendly for the Mainland squad before traveling to Kampala where the regional championship gets underway on November 24.

Mainland coach Poulsen made his selection of the players he thought would build up a formidable squad for the tournament.

Kenya team was expected to arrive in Mwanza yesterday ahead of the friendly.

The Mainland team, which has won only three Challenge Cup titles since the tourney was revived in Kampala in 1973, look to be a rank outsider going by the strength of other teams in the title race.

Poulsen will be taking the Mainland team for the first time in the championship since taking over as a chief coach in April.

The Mainland team is grouped with Sudan, Somalia and Burundi in Group B. Kenya has hosts Uganda, Ethiopia and debutants South Sudan in Group A.

East African Breweries are behind the sponsorship of the regional tourney for the third year in a row.

The tournament’s two previous editions were held in Dar es Salaam when Mainland team won in 2010 before Uganda reclaimed the title last year beating Rwanda in post match penalties.

Hosts Uganda will be looking for a staggering 13th record title should they retain the Cup before their home supporters.

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