Sunday, August 1
*Young Africans (Tanzania) 1-1 Nyasa Bullets (Malawi)
Monday, August 2
*Express (Uganda) Vs Atlabara (South Sudan), 4pm
*Messager Ngozi (Burundi) Vs KMKM (Zanzibar), 6:30pm
*KCCA FC (Uganda) Vs Azam FC (Tanzania), 9pm
KCCA FC and Azam FC will target perfect start as they get their CECAFA Kagame Cup campaign underway in Monday’s last game at the Azam Complex in Tanzania.
Both sides are in Group B alongside Messager Ngozi (Burundi) and KMKM (Zanzibar) – The top two teams in the group will advance to the semifinals.
KCCA FC are the defending champions having won the tournament in 2019 in Rwanda.
Coincidentally, they beat Azam 1-0 in the final thanks to Mustafa Kizza strike at Kigali stadium in Rwanda.
Then, KCCA FC ended a long wait as their last CECAFA Cup triumph was in 1978.
Azam, who finished third with 68 points in the Tanzania league, will be going all out for revenge.
Coach Morley Byekwaso, who is fresh from the CECAFA U23 Championship with the Uganda Kobs, will be in charge of the club for the first time since signing a three-year contract as a full manager.
He replaced Mike Mutebi and steered the club in the second round to fourth place.
Many changes in the squad including the departure of Filbert Obenchan, Moses Kalanzi among others.
KCCA FC beefed the squad with new signings like Brian Kayanja and Majwega but the side have not travelled with goalkeeper Charles Lukwago ahead of a rumoured transfer to Ethiopia.
Despite the new signings, Byekwaso will have to bank on five players – Peter Magambo, Musa Ramathan, Julius Poloto, Bright Anukani and Sam Ssenyonjo – who were part of Kobs team in Ethiopia.
KCCA FC probable Lineup – Hassan Matovu, Denis Iguma, Brian Majwega, Musa Ramathan, Peter Magambo, Ashraf Mugume, Gift Ali, Bright Anukani, Charles Lwanga, Brian Aheebwa, Julius Poloto
Azam Come With Familiar Faces
Two of Azam FC players play for the Uganda Cranes – goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya and left back Nicholas Wadada.
The duo will surely have some knowledge about the challenge KCCA FC will pose on Monday.
Both players missed the club’s last league game against Ruvu shooting on the road.
Azam, despite their little history, have been a force to reckon in Tanzania. They won the league in 2013/14 and have been knocking on the door ever since.
They have two CECAFA Kagame Cup titles to their name and reached the last three finals.
They beat Gor Mahia 2-0 to win the 2015 title in Dar and defended it in 2018 with a 2-1 win over Simba before falling to KCCA FC in 2019.
Azam have signed DR Congo striker Idris Mbombo from Egyptian Premier League side El Gouna but it remains to be seen if he will be handed his debut against KCCA FC.
Azam FC Probable Lineup – Mathias Kigonya, Nicholas Wadada, Bruce Kangwa, Laurent Alfred, Abdallah Kheri, Bryson Raphael, Frank Domayo, Mudathir Yahya, Obrey Chirwa, Yahya Zayd, Idd Seleman
How to Watch – The match will be live on Azam Tv, and you can as well follow live updates on our social media handles.
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