CECAFA: Defending Champions KCCA Eliminated

Saturday, August 7
*Big Bullets (Malawi) 2-0 Atlabara (S Sudan)
*Young Africans (Tanzania) 1-3 Express (Uganda)
*Azam (Tanzania) 2-3 KMKM (Zanzibar)
*KCCA (Uganda) 0-1 Messager Ngozi (Burundi)

KCCA FC have suffered an early exit from the ongoing 2021 CECAFA Kagame Cup in Dar Es Salaam.

The Defending Champions, who won the title in 2019 in Kigali, have lost their last Group B game against Burundi’s Messager Ngozi on Saturday.

Eric Mbirizi scored the only goal of the game in the 34th minute to leave KCCA FC grasping on straws.

Fataki Intelgent header was meant by Mbirizi at the far post to poke in past Ali Mwirusi’s goal.

KCCA FC saw their best chance fall to Musa Ramathan but the defender headed Brian Majwega’s corner onto the crossbar.

Substitute Juma Balinya headed into the side net and later saw his powerful shot denied by an outstanding Onesime Lukundo in goal.

KCCA FC finish bottom of the group with three points while Azam FC top Pool B with six. KMKM and Messager finish with four points each, the former edge the second spot on number of goals scored.

Brian Majwega in action. KCCA FC media

Hard Pill For Morley Byekwaso To Swallow

KCCA FC won the title with almost youngsters two years ago, when they beat Azam FC 1-0 in the final under coach Mike Mutebi.

This season, Mutebi’s successor, Morley Byekwaso, lost to Azam in the group stages and as if that is not enough, the team has finished bottom of the group that has representatives from Burundi and Zanzibar!

Byekwaso had a realistic chance to defend this title going to Tanzania due to the absence of Simba and the Kenyan teams.

And he had a fairly good squad, at least on paper.

As a coach, his confidence levels continue to deteriorate given the fact that he saw Uganda Kobs fall at the first hurdle in the concluded CECAFA U23 Championship in Ethiopia.

Tough times await Morley Byekwaso

It is a huge mountain to climb for the gaffer going into the Uganda Premier League season and more questions about his ability will be asked as the season progresses.

Against Messager on Saturday, his side never looked like they were coming back into the contest after going a goal down.

They created some few chances but failed to sustain their attacks and hence failed to breach the opponents defence.

Majwega sent his volley wide, Gift Ali’s attempt was blocked, Andrew Kigozi’s shot was finger tipped for corner as they tried to find a leveller.



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