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Stars, Uganda in CHAN duel

The draw conducted by the continental soccer governing body, CAF in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday, brought together the two East African sides for the third time in the qualifiers of the event, which solely involves home-based players.Fixtures for preliminaries, first round and second round were also released at the same ceremony out of which 15 teams will emerge to join hosts, South Africa, in 2014.

Tanzania will host Uganda in the first leg of first round between June 21 and 23 before the two sides clash in the return between July 5 and 7, with winners progressing to the finals.The qualifiers are played on regional basis. Two countries are drawn from the North zone, an equal number from the West A, three from West B, three from the Central, three from Central East and two from South zone, which includes South Africa.

The seeding system from the draw considered, among other things, performances in the last two editions of CHAN.Tanzania, then led by former coach, Brazilian Marcio Maximo, met Uganda in the inaugural CHAN Qualifiers in 2009, in which the former dispatched their opponents and qualified for the finals hosted by Ivory Coast.

But Uganda then knocked Tanzania out in the qualifiers of the second event and progressed to the finals held in Khartoum, Sudan, last year. Bobby Williamson's outfits were, however, disappointing in Sudan, losing all three matches to finish last in their group.This, therefore, stands to be a crucial opportunity for Tanzania to grab a better head to head record against Uganda in the CHAN Qualifiers and the former will need to knock their opponents out to achieve the feat.

The inaugural CHAN finals comprised only eight teams and ended with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) emerging champions with a 2-0 win over Ghana in the final.The Khartoum's 2011 CHAN finals, whose number of participating teams was doubled to 16, then saw Tunisia emerge winners.

The qualifiers are played on regional basis. Two countries are drawn from the North zone, an equal number from the West A, three from West B, three from the Central, three from Central East and two from South zone, which includes South Africa.The seeding system from the draw considered among other things performances in the last two editions of CHAN.

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Mwandishi: DAILY NEWS Reporter and Agencies

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