Nyinawumuntu optimistic ahead of Cecafa tourney

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Rwanda Women Football Team head coach Grace Nyinawumuntu

Rwanda Women Football Team head coach Grace Nyinawumuntu.

Rwanda women football team head coach Grace Nyinawumuntu is hopeful her team will register a positive impact during its maiden participation at this year’s Cecafa Women Championships, slated to take place in Uganda’s eastern town of Jinja from September, 11-20.

Rwanda was on Monday drawn in the same pool as neighbours Tanzania and Ethiopia, with the three teams making Group B, while hosts Uganda were drawn in Group A alongside Burundi, Kenya and Zanzibar.

The draw was carried out in Kampala, Uganda, and involved seven teams.

Nyinawumuntu says that despite Rwanda having no enough competitive time this year, she remains confident on reaching at least the semi-final round.

“It will not be an easy test getting points from Tanzania and Ethiopia in order to reach the semi-final round but I do believe that in football everything is possible,”

“Both Tanzania and Ethiopia have been competitive considering the fact that they took part in the Africa Women championship qualifiers. So we will be meeting tough tests against the duo,”

“We will prepare adequately and see how possible we can devise means of getting past them. We will do all we can to get good results and I am confident about our chances to progress to the semi-finals,” added Nyinawumuntu.

The tournament will kick-off on September 11 with Zanzibar hosting Burundi in the first game before hosts Uganda takes on Kenya in the second game of Group A.

Rwanda starts her campaign against Tanzania in Group B on September 12 before winding up with Ethiopia on September 14.

The Group A and B winner plus runners up will qualify in to the semi-finals due on September 18 while the final and third-place play-off are scheduled on September 20.

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