CECAFA Kagame Cup: KCCA FC to open title defence against Azam, Tusker pulls out

With a tight Kenya Premier League schedule, log leaders Tusker FC have pulled out of the 2021 CECAFA Kagame Cup that commences on August 1st to 14th in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The 11-time KPL champions who are chasing a first title since 2016 are currently on top of the log with 56 points, two … The post CECAFA Kagame Cup: KCCA FC to open title defence against Azam, Tusker pulls out appeared first on Latest football news in Uganda.

CECAFA Kagame Cup: KCCA FC to open title defence against Azam, Tusker pulls out

With a tight Kenya Premier League schedule, log leaders Tusker FC have pulled out of the 2021 CECAFA Kagame Cup that commences on August 1st to 14th in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The 11-time KPL champions who are chasing a first title since 2016 are currently on top of the log with 56 points, two ahead of second-placed KBC after 26 games, with six rounds of games to be played.

Initially, Tusker were pooled in Group B of the CECAFA Kagame Cup, alongside 2015 winners Azam and Altabara of South Sudan in the nine-team competition.

With that development, eight teams remain in the competition and the organisers have now switched from a three-group competition to a two-group competition.

Group A will have Young Africans of Tanzania, Big Bullets of Malawi, Altabara and newly crowned Uganda Premier Leauge champions Express.

Group B has holders and two-time winners KCCA FC, 2015 winners Azam FC, Burundi’s Messager Ngozi and KMKM of Zanzibar.

KCCA FC will commence their title defence against Azam on August 2nd at the Azam Complex in the 4pm fixture after Messager’s lunchtime encounter with KMKM at the same venue.

KCCA FC and Azam played the 2019 final in Rwanda before the Kasasiro Boys triumphed 1-0 courtesy of a Mustapha Kizza strike.

They had earlier met in the group stages where KCCA FC again came out on top 1-0 through a Sadat Anaku goal.

It will be Express to kick off the competition in the opening game on August 1st against Altabara, immediately after Young Africans will face Big Bullets. Both ties will be played at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium.

The top two teams in both groups will advance to the semifinals which will be played on August 10th and 11th, while the final and third-place playoff will be played on August 14th.

Out of the eight teams at this year’s tournament, only KCCA FC (1978, 2019), Azam (2015, 2018) and Young (1975, 1993, 1999, 2011, 2012) have won the competition.

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