The Mainland side go into the game without their professionals.
Kilimanjaro Stars head coach Ammy Ninje said his team will perform well despite missing professionals.
The coach said talents, experience and motivation will enable his team win the game.
“We will treat every game like a final,” he vowed.
Stars are placed in Group `A’ together with Zanzibar Heroes, Rwanda Amavubi and hosts Kenya’s Harambee Stars.
Hosts Harambee Stars will play Amavubi in another opening day encounter.
Meanwhile, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president, Wallace Karia, is among five new executive committee members unanimously elected to lead Cecafa yesterday, reports Fred Ogot.
Cecafa media manager Rogers Mulindwa said yesterday that the newcomers were elected in a congress convened in Nairobi yesterday to run the region’s top football office for the next two calendar years.
They will now join Cecafa President Mutasim Gafar (Sudan) whose constitutional term runs to November 2019.
Apart from Karia, others are Abdiqaani Arab Said (Somalia), Aimable Habimana (Burundi), Juneid Basha Tilmo (Ethiopia) and Doris Petra, a woman representative hailing from Kenya.
The race that had earlier attracted eight candidates had Moses Magogo (Uganda), Vincent Nzamwita (Rwanda) and Kourecha Ali Gued from Djibouti withdrawing their candidature just minutes before the polls.
He said the congress emphasized the need to have annual tournaments.