Amavubi plots maiden Cecafa qualification win
Amavubi Stars must beat Eritrea by a bigger goal margin to ensure that they qualify to the knockout stage on a third-place qualification spot on Thursday in Nairobi City.
Amavubi who have suffered two consecutive losses to defending champions Uganda and Sudan by a goal-margin has a deficit of two goals and must at least snatch full points and a high score so as to beat the likes of Burundi and Zanzibar on goal difference.
As it stands now, Amavubi are ranked third on the third place qualification standing with no point, three points behind Burundi and Zanzibar who might secure the two best losers’ positions.
With two loses, Rwanda can only qualify to the last eight as one of two best third-placed team, something made even more complicated by the fact they will need to beat Eritrea by more three goals and pray that both Zanzibar and Burundi lose.
If Tanzania draw against Burundi and Kenya does the same for Zanzibar, it will see Amavubi join the likes of Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia on the next flight back home.
Zanzibar are in third position in Group A with three points and -3 goal difference, while Burundi are third in Group B three points and +1 goal difference. Rwanda are also third in Group C but with -2 goal difference.
If Amavubi fail to garner maximum points, it will join likes of Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia on the next flight back home.
The knockout stage will begin on December 7 with the quarter finals and end on December 12 with the final. In this stage, teams play against each other once
The losers of the semi finals will play against each other in a third place playoff where the winner will be placed third overall in the entire competition.