Azam FC, Yanga to face Kenya, Uganda champions in Kagame Cup  

30Jul 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC, Yanga to face Kenya, Uganda champions in Kagame Cup  

​​​​​​​AFTER Tanzanian teams had learned their fate in this season's  CECAFA Kagame Cup group stage, which will officially begin on August 1 in Dar es Salaam, the official schedule has already been released on Wednesday.

Azam FC players attend training at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam recently in preparation for this season's CECAFA Kagame Cup, slated for next month in the city.PHOTO: COURTESY OF AZAM FC

The schedule shows that on August 1, Uganda's KCCA FC will open the tournament by playing with Zanzibar's KMKM at Azam Complex, Azam FC will, on August 2, host Tusker FC of Kenya at the same stadium.

This year's Mapinduzi Cup champions, Yanga, will take on Uganda's Express FC at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on August 3, the day will further have Burundi's Le Messager confront KCCA FC at Azam Complex.

On August 4, Atlabara will play Azam FC at Azam Complex, while Malawi's Nyasa Big Bullets will face Yanga in a match to be played at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.

Then matches will later take place on August 5 and 6, with KMKM playing Le Messager at Azam Complex on August 5.

Tusker FC is to lock horns with and Atlabara at Azam Complex on August 6, while Express FC is to confront Nyasa Big Bullets at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.

Tanzanian representatives, Azam FC, have been pooled in Group B of the upcoming CECAFA Kagame Cup to be played from August 1-15.

The ice cream makers have been pooled alongside Kenyan League champions, Tusker FC, and South Sudan’s Atlabara.

The competition's Group A is made up of defending champions, Uganda’s KCCA FC, Burundi’s Le Messanger Ngozi FC, and Zanzibar’s KMKM FC.

Group C will have Vodacom Premier League's runners-up, Yanga, Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets, and newly crowned Uganda Premier League champions, Express FC.

The first and second teams from each group will proceed to the tournament’s quarterfinals, alongside the two best runners-up.

The tournament kicks off at the advent of August 2021 and will run for a fortnight.

The tournament will be held in Dar es Salaam at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium and Azam Complex.

Vodacom Premier League Champions, Simba SC, has opted not to take part in the regional tournament as they take a season off after participating in domestic and continental tiers.

Tusker FC is representing Kenya after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) gave the outfit the ticket based on topping the current league table and also having sealed the slot for the next season’s CAF Champions League.

Their participation has received sharp opposition from outgoing FKF League champions, Gor Mahia, who feel they deserved to take part in the tournament.

In a recent interview, FKF President Nick Mwendwa issued reasons for settling for Tusker FC and not Gor Mahia.

“We are now playing a new Kagame Cup since the previous one was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so the time Gor Mahia were to represent the country has been overtaken by events, and instead, Tusker FC will go for the competition,” Mwendwa said.

He added: “CECAFA wanted a name of the team to represent Kenya and we settled for Tusker FC because they are topping the 18-team league table but we will also give an official statement to clarify on the same position soon.”

Group A:  KCCA (Uganda), Le Messanger Ngozi FC (Burundi), KMKM FC (Zanzibar).

Group B: AZAM FC ( Tanzania), Atlabara (South Sudan), Tusker (Kenya).

Group C: Yanga FC (Tanzania), Nyasa Big Bullets (Malawi), Express FC (Uganda).

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