The draws took place in Kigali, Rwanda this Friday with the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), Rwanda football governing body (FERWAFA), SuperSport and top government officials witnessing the ceremony.
Yanga have been drawn in group ‘A’ together with Rwandese side Rayon Sport, Coffee FC from Ethiopia, Atlabara from South Sudan and Zanzibar’s KMKM.
Commenting, Yanga Secretary General, Beno Njovu said they are okay with the draws because the tournament involves the very same teams of the East and Central Africa zone. Yanga are five times Kagame Cup champions.
“I haven’t seen which teams we have been pooled together with I have only heard from media about the draw and group, but we are ok to face any teams because it’s our job to play and another thing is that we are going to meet the usual teams we’ve played against in the past,” said Njovu.
He, however, said that the team coach Brazilian Marcio Maximo will be in good position to comment and give his evaluation on technical aspect of the teams which they have been pooled together in group A.
The tournament which has attracted a record 14 clubs will kick off on August 8th and not 9th and end on 24th, one day more from the earlier schedule. A total of 34 matches - all to be shown live by Supersport will be staged at Amahoro and Nyamirambo Stadium and reach its climax on August 24th.
The tournament’s defending champions Vital’O from Burundi have been drawn in Group C alongside Sudan’s El Merreikh, Police (Rwanda) and Benadir from Somalia.
While group B consist Rwanda’s APR , Kampala City Council (KCC) from Uganda, Flambeau de L’Est from Burundi, Kenyan Champions Gor Mahia and Telecom from Djibouti. And according to the press statement from CECAFA Media Manager Rogers Mulindwa, the fixture will be released next week.
He also said that participating teams are required to present their FA’s playing licences on arrival in Kigali and referees medical and cooper test will take place from August 5 to 6.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame who is also the patron of CECAFA has already committed USD 60,000 prize money and the Rwanda Ministry of Sports and other agencies are sponsoring the event which will go simultaneously with the marking of the 20th anniversary of Rwanda genocide.