CECAFA Kagame Cup 2019
July 7th-July 21st
LUGOGO – It has been 13 years since the CECAFA Kagame Cup was won by a Ugandan Club.
Rolling back the years to 2006, then Ugandan Premier League defending champions, Police FC defeated Moro United 2-1 in the final played in Tanzania, to seal their first and only title.
For Uganda, it was the last of only 5 championships they have managed in the tournament’s 43 year old history.
Not that the clubs which represent Uganda don’t take it seriously, but rather have fallen short to other teams on several occasions, losing 8 finals in the process.
For this year’s edition that will feature holders of the respective CECAFA nations’ domestic titles and Uganda is set to be represented by KCCA FC.
The Kasasiros, like they are commonly known, have come out and confirmed their presence in the tournament.
This was executed through a statement on the club’s website, by the Chief Executive Officer, Anisha Nuhoozi.
“We wish to confirm that KCCA Football Club will represent Uganda at the CECAFA – Kagame Cup 2019, read the statement.
Like Police FC, KCCA FC have won only one Kagame Cup in the past with their triumph coming in 1978 following a penalty shoot-out victory over Tanzania’s Simba SC in the second edition to be hosted by Uganda.
From there, the Kasasiros have gone on to lose a final, the one in 79 where they were beaten 1-0 by Kenya’s Abalunya.
Last year, Uganda was represented by Vipers SC whose journey ended at the quarter final stage after they lost to Gor Mahia.
As KCCA were confirming their participation, Tanzanian Premier League holder Simba SC were turning down the chance to try and win a record-extending 7th title.
“Simba SC would like to inform stakeholders as well as our fans that the club will not be participating in the upcoming CECAFA Kagame Cup, Simba said in a statement.
“The main reason why we will not be taking part in the tournament is the short period of time we will have for pre-season ahead of the start of the next season,” the statement continued.
Simba have won 6 titles in the past (1974, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2002).
Azam are the defending champions of the Kagame Cup, having won it on each of the past two occasions.
Last year, they defeated Simba SC 2-1 in the final played in Tanzania.