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CECAFA 2019: KCCA out to end a long trophy drought

It’s 41years gone since KCCA FC last won the CECAFA Club Championship when they beat record champions Simba FC 3-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in normal time and after extra time. 

A revamped KCCA team will be aiming at winning back their regional bragging rights when they take on defending champions Azam FC on Sunday in Rwanda. 

As the 1978 winners hunt for their second, Azam will be seeking for their third when the two sides lock horns on at the Kigali stadium, Nyamirambo. 

“It being a final, every player has really prepared and motivated himself as they’re geared up to winning the title,” KCCA assistant manager Morley Byekwaso said at the pre match press conference before adding. 

“We have shown that we are the top team at the tournament with quality football displays ahead of the game and we are all focused on winning the trophy,” he added. 

It took Mike Mutebi’s charges overtime to reach the finals when they defeated Zambian side Green Eagles 4-3 in extra time after a 2-all stalemate after normal time. 

Azam were also stretched up to penalties against AS Mainema after a goalless draw in normal time and after EAT before coming out on top 5-4 on penalties. 

If they are to put up  great challenge for the trophy, the Kasasiro Boys will have to emulate their previous performances at this very tournament because they’ve lost none. 

Striker Sadat Anaku (R) is one of those KCCA FC will rely on for the goals against Azam in the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup final / KCCA FC Images

“It’s not going to be an easy game and we are going to treat the final as the rest  of the game we have played,” KCCA forward Mike Mutyaba stated. 

“Allan Okello has been so brilliant at this tournament and we expect him to do better tomorrow with the help of other players.”

“We’ve brought the team to the finals which is great but taking it all will be remarkable as we shall be written in the club’s books of records that we won the second title and after a long time.”

The 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup final takes us back to group B where KCCA beat Azam 1-0 to finish as group leaders whereas the latter finished second. 

Winners will pocket $30,000 in prize money, the finalists will take home $20,000 while the second runners-up will walk away with $10,000 respectively.

Fixture lineup

Third place playoff

Green Eagles vs As Mainema – 3pm

Final

KCCA FC vs Azam FC – 6pm

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