Sunday, August 1
*Young Africans (Tanzania) 1-1 Nyasa Bullets (Malawi)
Monday, August 2
*Express (Uganda) 1-0 Atlabara (South Sudan)
*Messager Ngozi (Burundi) 1-1 KMKM (Zanzibar)
*KCCA FC (Uganda) 0-2 Azam FC (Tanzania)
KCCA FC got their CECAFA Kagame Cup defense on a wrong note after a 2-0 loss to Tanzania’s Azam FC on Monday night.
Peter Paul Kasunda scored a brace as Azam revenged their 1-0 loss against KCCA in a repeat of the 2019 final in Kigali.
KCCA FC’s three-man defence was left reeling and torn apart to say the least in both goals for Azam who fielded an under strength side.
Idd Bahati Kipagwile combined well with Kasunda for the opener, strolled through KCCA FC backline while leaving Denis Iguma and Musa Ramathan beaten on grass to lay a cut back for Kasunda who had the simplest job to bundle home just at restart.
Azam doubled the lead in the 63rd minute when Pascal Gaudence Msindo beat Iguma with a no-look pass that teed up Kasunda to slot in at the far end past a helpless Hassan Matovu.
KCCA FC will feel unlucky on the day after hitting the woodwork twice – Iguma headed on the crossbar and Julius Poloto rattled his effort on the same frame.
KCCA FC face KMKM (Zanzibar) on Thursday and Messager Ngozi (Burundi) on Saturday in the two games they can’t afford to lose if they are to get out of their group B.
KCCA FC Falls to Better Side
KCCA FC had a good start and asked questions as they tried to dig out the form that saw the side win the title two years ago.
Brian Majwega was brilliant especially in the first half and almost made an early impact but his trademark cross was poorly headed by Brian Aheebwa in the fourth minute.
After conceding the opener at the start of the second half, KCCA FC camped in Azam’s third half for the next five minutes but all their efforts to breach the defence were in vain.
As they looked like they were slowly coming back into the game, KCCA FC were once again beaten by the athleticism of Azam with the second goal a reminiscent of the first in terms of poor defending and neat finishing.
With Azam leading 2-0, it was all KCCA FC thereafter as Morley Byekwaso tried to throw more bodies in front. The reward? two efforts denied by the crossbar.
Musa Ramathan almost broke the deadlock for KCCA when he was set by Anukani but his shot was just an inch wide.
Substitute Charles Lwanga picked Sam Ssenyonjo after making a good run on the right flank, but the lanky striker shot weakly on goal.
Azam who have won the CECAFA Kagame cup twice, will fancy their chances to not only top Group B but also win the tournament on home soil despite having a second string side.
Uganda Cranes duo goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya and defender Nicholas Wadada are not part of Azam FC squad among other senior members of the team.
How both teams lined up:
KCCA FC – Hassan Matovu, Musa Ramathan, Peter Magambo, Denis Iguma, Herbert Achai, Gift Ali, Bright Anukani, Julius Poloto, Brian Ahebwa, Brian Majwega, Ashraf Mugume
Azam FC – Benedict Haule, Gadafi Said, Pascal Msindo, Lusajo Mwaikenda, Oscar Masai, Masoud Hamad, Samuel Onditi, Awesu Ally, Idd Kipagwile, Tepsi Theonasy, Paul Peter Kasunda.