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Home favourite Rayon romp into quarters; Bandari on brink of exit as Gor tackle second fixture

CECAFA Kagame Cup 2019

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

Fixtures: 

Wednesday, July 10:

Group ‘D’

13.00: AS Ports (RWA) v Gor Mahia (KEN) (Stade Umuganda, Rubavu)

15.30: KMKM (ZAN) v AS Maniema (DRC (Stade Umuganda, Rubavu)

 Results:

Tuesday, July 9:

Group ‘B’

Bandari (KEN) 2-2 Mukura Victory (RWA)

KCCA (UGA) 1-0 Azam (TAN)

Group ‘A’

Match No. 14: Atlabara (SSD) 0-2 Rayon Sports (RWA)

Match No. 13: KMC (TAN) 0-1 TP Mazembe (DRC)

 

BURUNDIAN striker Jules Ulimwengu sent Rwanda’s Rayon Sports into the quarter finals of this year’s Cecafa Kagame Cup after scoring a brace against Atlabara of South Sudan in the second game of Group ‘B’ at Stade de Kigali on Tuesday night.

Ulimwengu, who leads the goal chart with three goals in two matches, snatched a brace in the 12th and 79th minutes to send Rayon to the top of Group ‘B’ with six points, three ahead of TP Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa) who secured their maiden three points after a slim win over Tanzania’s KMC (Kinondoni Municipal Council) in an earlier game.

Top: Bandari of Kenya (in red) battle it out with Rwanda’s Mukura Victory and ended 2-2 in their second Cecafa Kagame Cup fixture on Tuesday. Above: Jules Ulimwengu (left) celebrates his goal that game Rayon Sports a 1-0 win over Atlabara and a place in the quarter finals

Top: Bandari of Kenya (in red) battle it out with Rwanda’s Mukura Victory and ended 2-2 in their second Cecafa Kagame Cup fixture on Tuesday. Above: Jules Ulimwengu (left) celebrates his goal that game Rayon Sports a 1-0 win over Atlabara and a place in the quarter finals

Mondeko Zatu scored a 61st minute header to hand David Mwakasu’s side maximum points which will boost their chances of booking a slot in the next round should they win their final group match against Atlabara. Rayon will face KMC of Tanzania in the final match while TP Mazembe will take on Atlabara on July 13.

Also in Group ‘B’ Kenyan side Bandari were held to a 2-2 draw by Mukura Victory, another Rwanda team, in an entertaining match at Stade Huye in Huye District while KCCA of Uganda secured a 1-0 win over reigning champions Azam of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Bandari took the lead in the 23rd minute through Shaban Kenya but Mukura levelled immediately after resuming the second half through Saleh Nyilikindi. With eight minutes to go, Mukura turned tables for Bandari as Evode Ntwali grabbed their second. However, Bernard Mwalala’s side battled for an equalizer, earned through Yema Mwana, who with a lovely effort scored register Bandari’s second draw of the tournament.

Five-time African Champions League titlists, the mighty TP Mazembe of DR Congo (left) tackling Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Tuesday. Mazembe won 1-0

In the second fixture, Sadat Anaku’s lone goal in the 49th minute helped the “Kasasiro Boys” register their first victory in the tournament. The win saw KCCA go top of Group ‘B’ with four points, one ahead of second-placed Azam. Bandari and Mukura are third and fourth with two and one points respectively.

Bandari will take on Azam in their final match of the group stage while Mukura will be up against KCCA on July 12. – Reported by BONNIE MUGABE

WHAT OTHERS SAY:

(From ‘Daily Nation’ in RUBAVU)

Bandari on the brink of Cecafa Kagame Cup exit

Bandari 2-2 Mukura Victory

BANDARI of Kenya are in danger of failing to progress to the knockout phase of the ongoing Council of East and Central Africa (Cecafa) Kagame Cup following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw against hosts Mukura Victory at Huye Stadium.

But Bandari coach Bernard Mwalala is optimistic his charges have what it takes to get out of a tough looking Group ‘B’, which also features the tournament’s defending champions Azam of Tanzania and Uganda champions KCCA.

“To be safe, we need to beat Azam and we will,” said Mwalala, who’s won the tournament as a player with Tanzanian Outfit Young Africans of Dar es Salaam.

“My boys are playing well and learning the ropes at this stage. There is no need to panic.”

Against Mukura, who finished third, behind Rayon Sport and APR in the 2018/2019 Rwanda league season, Bandari scored first, through the ever reliable Shaban Kenga in the 23rd minute.

Early stages of the Wednesday tie between Kenya champions Gor Mahia (right) and AS Ports of Djibouti

Early stages of the Wednesday tie between Kenya champions Gor Mahia (right) and AS Ports of Djibouti

Mukura, who lost 1-0 to Azam in their opening group match, fought back and scored twice in succession, through Saleh Nyinkindi Saleh and Evade Ntwali in the second half.

Kenya’s [Football Kenya Federation] SportPesa Shield champions thereafter needed a 90th minute goal from Yema Mwana to nick a precious point.

Bandari drew 1-1 with KCCA in its opening game and thus have two points in two games. Mukura lost 1-0 to Azam and like Bandari, have to win the final match of the group to stand a chance of advancing.

Guess who was on the stands watching ... Rwanda international Jacques Tuyisenge attentive when his club side, Gor Mahia of Nairobi, Kenya played against

Guess who was on the stands watching … Rwanda international Jacques Tuyisenge attentive when his club side, Gor Mahia of Nairobi, Kenya played against AS Maniema of DR Congo. Gor won the Group ‘D’ match 2-1

Meanwhile, Kenya champions Gor Mahia will progress to the knockout with a win over AS Port of Djibouti at the Umugunda Stadium here in Huye on Wednesday afternoon. Gor beat Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa) AS Maniema 2-1 in its opening game on Monday. – Reported by DAVID KWALIMWA in RUBAVU

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:

AS Port – (Djibouti)

Gor Mahia – (Kenya)

AS Maniema – (Congo Kinshasa)

TP Mazembe – (Congo Kinshasa)

Collated Results:

Bandari 2-2 Mukura Victory

KCCA 1-0 Azam

Match No. 14: Atlabara 0-2 Rayon Sports

Match No. 13: KMC 0-1  TP Mazembe

Match No. 10: Green Eagles 0-1 APR

Match No. 9: Proline 2-0 Heegan

Gor Mahia 2-1 AS Maniema

KMKM 0-2 AS Port

Match No. 6: Rayon Sports 1-0 TP Mazembe

Match No. 5: Kinondoni Municipal Council – KMC 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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