Simba opt out of Kagame Cup

08Jun 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Simba opt out of Kagame Cup

THE 2018/19 Mainland Premier League champions, Simba, have said they will not compete in the 2019 Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Kagame Cup, which is slated for next month in Rwanda.

Crescentius Magori, Simba SC Chief Executive Officer.

Crescentius Magori, Simba SC Chief Executive Officer, noted his club has reached the decision as it has little time to prepare for the competition.

A section of the club’s players, the official noted, have joined the senior national squad, Taifa Stars, which will compete in the AFCON finals in Egypt.

The Simba players, according to the official, will have little to train with their team mates once they make their way back to Dar es Salaam.Magori noted Simba have targeted to set up a six-week camp outside the country with the aim of excelling in the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League.

This year’s Kagame Cup fixture thus, will disrupt Simba’s plans.

"We have planned a six-week pre-season training given we have set our sight on performing well in the CAF Champions League,” he noted.

He disclosed Simba have already written the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) to notify the latter on the club’s move.

Domestic football big guns, Yanga, have also confirmed to have received invitation letter from CECAFA to take part in the competition.

Yanga acting secretary general, Omary Kaaya, noted the outfit is still discussing the invitation and evaluating the benefits of participation in the tournament before issuing their statement on the issue.

Kagame Cup defending champions, Azam FC, are so far the only side from Tanzania which has confirmed to take part in the competition.

The outfit has disclosed it will training on June 20 to prepare for the tournament and will jet off to Rwanda on July 4.

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