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Bandari in quest for quarter finals as Gor Mahia fire to good start

2019 CECAFA KAGAME CUP CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

Rwanda – Kigali, Huye, Rubavu (July 7-21)

FIXTURES:

Tuesday, July 9:

HUYE STADIUM:

13.00: Bandari (Kenya) v Mukura Victory (Rwanda)

15.00: Kampala Capital City Authority – KCCA (Uganda) v Azam (Tanzania)

STADE KIGALI:

17.00: KMC (Tanzania) v TP Mazembe (Congo Kinshasa)

19.30: Atlabara (South Sudan) v Rayon Sports (Rwanda)

Latest results:

Monday, July 8:

Gor Mahia (KEN) 2-1 AS Maniema (Congo Kinshasa)

(Wellington Ochieng’ 22’, Boniface Omondi 50’; Dennis Likwera 82’)

Green Eagles (ZAM) 0-1 APR (RWA)

(Boniface Zunzu, own goal 59’)

KENYA’S Bandari play their second match of the Cecafa Kagame Cup Club Championship at Huye International Stadium today, Tuesday, and must win against Rwanda club Mukura Victory in order to stay on course to qualify for the knock-out stage from a very competitive Group ‘B’.

The Kenyan team, in only its second international competition after a preliminary round dalliance in the 2016 CAF (African Football Confederation) Confederation  Cup — eliminated 3-1 by FC Saint-Éloi Lupopo of Congo (Kinshasa)  — hope to use the Kagame Cup as a useful tune-up for a return to the 2019 CAF Cup after winning the domestic knock-out cup in Kenya.

Bandari had a good start, their drawing 1-1 with Uganda giants Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) no mean feat. But truth must be said that KCCA, a major campaigner in CAF tournaments, were missing several of their stars in the Uganda national team, the Cranes, who were taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations until eliminated in the round of 16 (1-0) by Senegal.

Mukura are pointless after losing their opening match 0-1 to Kagame Cup defending champions, Azam of Tanzania Mainland. Bandari and Mukura have all to play for in order to stay in contention for quarter final qualification.

The second match on the day at Huye pits KCCA and Azam, a tie that should be a cracker. At Kigali Stadium for a late afternoon start and a floodlights game, it is, first, Tanzania debutants Kinondoni Municipal Council KMC) of Dar es Salaam v iconic African heavyweights, TP Mazembe, five-time winners of the CAF Champions League. Under lights, South Sudan’s Atlabara play the second match against Rwanda’s most popular football team, Rayon Sports.

This year’s Kagame Cup tournament has the biggest entry ever (16 teams) unique support courtesy of the Government of Rwanda and the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA).

WHAT OTHERS SAY:

(Kenya’s ‘Daily Nation’ in Rubavu, for the Gor Mahia v AS Maniema match on Monday)

A rusty Gor Mahia and Djibouti’s AS Port have assumed command of the proceedings in Group ‘D’ at the 2019 Cecafa Kagame Cup following respective victories in their opening engagements here at the Umugunda Stadium.

The Kenyan champions were aided by a wonder goal from right back Wellington Ochieng’ en-route to a 2-1 win over colourful Congolese club AS Maniema on Monday evening.

Earlier on at the same venue, an energetic AS Port had Gabriel Dadzie to thank after his two goals helped the Djiboutis defeat Zanzibar’s Kikosi Maalum Cha Kuzuia Magendo (KMKM) 2-0.

A fairly fresh-look Gor Mahia side, without most of their last season Kenyan Premier League starters did well in the opening Kagame Cup match in Rwanda, winning 2-1 over Cong’s AS Maniema

A fairly fresh-look Gor Mahia side, without most of their last season Kenyan Premier League starterrs did well in the opening Kagame Cup match in Rwanda, winning 2-1 over Congo’s AS Maniema

“I thank God for the two goals and I want to continue scoring. I’m hoping to be the top scorer in this tournament,” Ghanaian Dadzie explained post match.

And in Huye town, Bandari, Kenya’s other representative in this 16-team competition, will on Tuesday afternoon intensify the search for a first victory in this tournament in a potentially thrilling game against hosts Mukura Victory.

The Dockers scored first through Abdalla Hassan, but had to eventually settle for a 1-1 draw against Ugandan champions Kampala City Capital Authority on Sunday.

Back to the hilly Rubavu, Rwanda’s third largest town, Hassan Oktay’s K’Ogalo were in control for the entire match against a side which finished in position four in the DR Congo league last season behind champions TP Mazembe, AS Vita and Daring Club Motema Pembe respectively.

The tournament organisers had strategically picked guest team Maniema to play their matches on the shores of Lake Kivu here in Rubavu, two kilometres from the Rwanda/DR-Congo border. The tactic worked, as hundreds of Congolese fans trooped to the stadium to cheer on their team.

But it eventually didn’t matter. After a goalless opening quarter, Ochieng dispossessed the giant Abedi Masudi at the centre of the park in the 22nd minute. He then dribbled forward, weighed his options and fired a thunder bolt that flew past the despairing dive of keeper Bukasa Mangala.

Kenneth Muguna and Samuel Onyango lost clear chances to extend Gor’s lead, but Boniface Omondi made no mistake after the break. He easily beat the offside trap, then produced a cheeky dummy that left Mangala lying on the turf, before slotting the ball into an empty net for K’Ogalo’s second.

In Oktay’s first competitive match of the season, new signing Tobias Otieno impressed in midfield with his tackling and range of passing skills. Oktay also summoned other new signings Dennis Oalo and Ambundo Dickson as second half substitutes.

That’s before Likweya Jeremaya scored a consolation for Maniema from the penalty spot in the dying moments of the game. – (DAVID KWALIMWA, reporting from Rubavu)

RESULTS:

Match No.

AS Sports (RWA) 2-0 KMKM (ZAN)

(Gabriel Dadzie 25’, 74’)

Match No.

Proline (UGA) 2-0 Heegan (SOM)

(Joshua Ocean Okiror 61’, Mustafa Mujuzi 75’, penalty)

A Green Eagles (Zambia) players works his way between two of Somalia's Heegan who lost 0-2

A Green Eagles (Zambia) player works his way between two of Somalia’s Heegan whom the Cecafa guest  Zambian club beat 2-0.

Match No. 10:

Green Eagles (ZAM) 0-1 APR (RWA)

Match No. 6:

Rayon Sport (RWA) 1-0 TP Mazembe (Congo Kinshasa)

Match No. 5:

KMC (ZAN) 1-1 Atlabara (SSD)

Match No. 4:

Azam (TAN) 1-0 Mukura Victory (RWA)

Match No. 3:

Bandari (KEN) 1-1 Kampala Capital Authority – KCCA (UGA)

APR of Rwanda, in white, with a header against Proline of Uganda whom they beat

APR of Rwanda, in white, with a header against Proline of Uganda whom they beat 1-0

THE GROUPS

Group ‘A’ – KIGALI:

Rayon Sports – (Rwanda)

Atlabara – (South Sudan)

Kinondoni Municipal Council – KMC (Tanzania Mainland)

TP Mazembe – (Congo Kinshasa)

Group ‘B’ – HUYE:

Azam – (Tanzania Mainland)

Kampala Capital City Authority – KCCA (Uganda)

Bandari – (Kenya)

Mukura Victory – (Rwanda)

Group ‘C’ – KIGALI:

APR – (Rwanda)

Proline – (Uganda)

Green Eagles – (Zambia)

Heegan – (Somalia)

Group ‘D’ – RUBAVU:

Port – (Djibouti)

Gor Mahia – (Kenya)

AS Maniema – (Congo Kinshasa)

TP Mazembe – (Congo Kinshasa)

Collated Results:

Gor Mahia 2-1 AS Maniema

Green Eagles 0-1 APR

KMKM 0-2 Port

Proline 2-0 Heegan

Rayon Sport 1-0 TP Mazembe

Kinondoni Municipal Council 1-1 Atlabara

Azam 1-0 Mukura Victory

Bandari 1-1 Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)

APR 1-0 Proline

Heegan 0-2 Green Eagles

-Additional reporting by Correspondents and Cecafa Media Dept

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