CECAFA Kagame Cup: Zesco, AS Vita and Motema Pembe want in

By Clive Kyazze

The 2019 Council for East and Central Africa Associations (CECAFA) Kagame Cup next month could be one that might be lightened up by giants from neighbouring regions.

This is after CECAFA general secretary Nicholas Musonye revealed to Daily Nation in Kenya that Zesco (Zambia), AS Vita (DR Congo) and Motema Pembe (DR Congo) all want to be part of the 2019 edition in Rwanda.

“Zesco, AS Vita and Motema Pembe want to come (and participate). These are strong teams and their presence will offer our clubs a platform to prepare for next season’s Champions League and Confederation Cup,” Musonye told the publication.

The competition that will be staged in the Rwandan towns of Kigali and Rubavu, from July 7 to 21 will commence at the same the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations is reaching the business end of things.

Gor Mahia forward George Odhiambo (left) vies for the ball with Rayon Sports’ Kevin Muhire during their Cecafa Kagame Cup Group B match at National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on July 1, 2018. PHOTO | VINCENT OPIYO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi are all taking part at the continental showpiece but Musonye who is also a CAF official insists all set for the tournament.

“We have met with sponsors Azam TV and the Rwandan government and everything is in place. Following a request from our patron and Rwanda President Paul Kagame, we will also be commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Genocide,” he noted.

Uganda will be represented by KCCA FC, while Gor Mahia, Simba and Rayon Sport will have the green light to represent Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda respectively.

Tanzanian outfits AZAM FC are also expected to defend their title while Rwanda being hosts will also have a slot for a second or even third team at the competition.

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