Wednesday Aug 06, 2014. 10:53Tanzanian league champions Young Africans have been locked out of the 2014 CECAFA Kagame Club Championships which start on Friday in Kigali, Rwanda.
Nicholas Musonye, the Secretary General of the Council for East and Central African Football Associations, told AfricanFootball.com on Wednesday that they had decided to keep Young Africans out because the Tanzanian side planned to field a B side at the tournament.
“All other champions from the region are bringing their top teams and for Young Africans to opt to field a second team would be an insult,” he said.
He further explained that they had replaced Young Africans with Azam FC. Last year Young Africans also skipped the tournament in Darfur, Sudan, citing security concerns.
He also revealed that they have replaced some clubs that communicated that they will not be able to participate in the event because of internal issues at their respective clubs.
Ethiopia’s Coffee FC have been replaced by Adamma FC, while Athletico FC replace Burundi’s Flambeau de L’est.
The tournament will start on Friday, with three matches on the card. South Sudan’s league champions Atlabara face KMKM of Zanzibar, while home side Rayon Sport battle Azam FC.
The last game of the day will see Ugandan champions KCCA FC battle Kenya’s Gor Mahia. The Kenyan side will, however, still use the services of Bobby Williamson despite being appointed new Harambee Stars coach on Tuesday.
Champions of the tournament will pocket US$30,000, while the runners-up collect US$20,000 and the third placed US$10,000.
The hosts Rwanda and CECAFA will cater for all the bills for the team’s transportation, feeding and meals. Rwanda President Paul Kagame, who has supported the tournament for several years now, has also injected US$60,000 that will go towards the cash prizes.
Group A: Rayon Sport (Rwanda), Azam FC (Tanzania), Adamma FC (Ethiopia), Atlabara FC (South Sudan), KMKM (Zanzibar)
Group B: APR (Rwanda), KCCA FC (Uganda), Gor Mahia (Kenya), Athletico (Burundi), Telecom (Djibouti)
Group C: El Merreikh (Sudan), Vita’ O (Burundi), Police (Rwanda), Banadir (Somalia)