KCCA FC of Uganda has joined Rayon Sports, APR FC and Azam FC to the quarter finals of the Cecafa Kagame Cup after the climax of the Group B matches on Friday in Huye District.
A double header at Stade Huye decided the Group B winner as KCCA edged home side Mukura VS 2-1 while Azam FC knocked out Kenyan side Bandari FC following a goalless draw.
The reigning Ugandan goals were netted courtesy of Mike Mutyaba in the fifth minute and Allan Okello in the 42nd minute.
Mukura equalized late with two minutes to go through a penalty which was converted by Burundian import Gael Duhayindvyi.
KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi says that, he will be happy to face TP Mazembe a team he thinks will give his side a good test when they face off in the quarter finals.
“TP Mazembe is strong team, they are giants on the continental level, facing them will be chance to weight ourselves since both teams will be playing the CAF champions league tournament,” he said.
Defending champions Azam FC needed a point to be assured of reaching the last eight of the competition having found themselves in the a precarious position after failing to win their two opening fixtures. They frustrated the Kenyans to a barren draw.
With the final Group B matches winding up, KCCA leads the standings with seven points and are unbeaten in the three games, followed by Azam with four points while Bandari and Mukura lie third and fourth with three points and one point respectively.
Action continues today with Group A matches to be played on Saturday at Stade de Kigali with South Sudan representatives Atlabara FC taking on DR Cong champions TP Mazembe in pursuit of their maiden win in the tournament.
They drew one-all with KMC in the first match before losing to Rayon Sport FC 2-0 in the second match that swathe Rwandan champions through to the last eight.
TP Mazembe with three points are in search for maximum points to seal their second place finish in this group, Rayon face KMC in game to be played later at 18h00.
KMC have a point picked against Atlabara FC in their first game and suffered a slim 1-0 loss to TP Mazembe in their previous match.
Rayon Sports FC, who have been in fine form, know that a win would comfortably seal their first place finish with nine points. Star striker Jules Ulimwengu currently has three goals, topping the goal scoring chart.
In the first quarter final round due on July 16, KCCA might face former CAF Champions League champions TP Mazembe while Azam FC will take on Rwandan champions Rayon Sports FC.
In the second quarter final round due on July 17, APR FC who are through might face AS Maniema Union of DR Congo while Kenyan side Gor Mahia will be up against Green Eagles of Zambia should they maintain their current standings in Group D going into Sunday’s final matches.
CECAFA Kagame Cup 2019
July 12, 2019
Group B Results
Azam FC 0-0 Bandari FC
KCCA 2-1 Mukura VS
July 13, July 2019
Atlabara vs. TP Mazembe (Kigali Stadium , 15.30)
Rayon Sports vs. KMC (Kigali Stadium, 18.00)
July 14, 2019
Gor Mahia vs. KMKM (Umuganda Stadium, 13.00)
AS Ports vs. AS Maniema (Umuganda Stadium, 15.30)