KCCA eyes CECAFA Kagame Cup glory

By Shafik Ssenoga

The CECAFA Cup is the oldest club competition on the continent

KCCA FC has the opportunity to rack up another trophy when they take part in the CECAFA Kagame Cup that will take place from July 7-21 in Rwanda.

The Lugogo side was the first Ugandan team to win the competition in 1978 and last took part in 2015. They will use the tournament as build up for their CAF Champions League preliminaries qualifiers that gets underway in August.

The tournament that is largely played by the reigning league champions of the CECAFA members countries.

Tanzanian giants Simba FC and Yanga FC have however pulled out from the competition but the organisers are confident that the competition will go ahead despite their exit.

Zesco United of Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo duo AS Vita and Motema Pembe have already confirmed participation.

Hosts Rwanda will be represented by Rayon Sports, APR and Mukura, while Gor Mahia and Bandari are expected to represent Kenya.

The winner of the annual tournament stands to win $30,000 (sh112m) in prize money while runners up will receive $20,000 (sh74.9m) and $10,000 (sh37m) respectively.  

Azam FC is the defending champion having defeated Simba 2-1 last year's final.

The CECAFA Cup is the oldest club competition on the continent, bringing together teams from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar.