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Malawi finally invited to play CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2011

Malawi has been invited to play in the Cecafa senior challenge cup after being kept in the dark for the past several days.

Malawi has now been placed in Group C with Kenya, Sudan and Eritrea.

The 12 team tournament expected to take place in Mwanza and Dar es Salaam from November 25 to December 10, has Malawi as the only invited team while the rest are Cecafa members.

Zambia were initially the favourites to be invited but they withdrew after CAF rules showed that they were not eligible.

Group A Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

Group B Uganda, Burundi, Zanzibar and Somalia.

Group C Malawi, Kenya, Sudan and Eritrea.

The fixtures will be released on Saturday.

Secretary General of Cecafa Nicholaus Musonye told the press in Dar es Salaam that they decided to invite Malawi because they didn't qualify for CAN 2012.

Musonye says; "There were more than ten countries which applied to participate. The countries are Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast and others but we failed to get them because they qualified for CAF finals and they are bound by regulations not to participate any tournament two months before the Afcon finals."

Malawi participated last season where they lost 1-0 in the quarters against Ivory Coast .

Serengeti Breweries through its Tusker brand will spend over Sh823million as sponsorship for this year's tournament.

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