Withdrawal from the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup by Burundi Primus League Champions and, the 2019 Tanzanian Premier League champions Simba SC.  By Adrian Lavista

Burundi Primus League Champions and, the 2019 Tanzanian Premier League champions Simba SC have confirmed their withdrawal from the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup with the focus to concentrate on pre-season training ahead of the 2019/2020 season.

Both Burundi and Tanzania had to take part in the forthcoming regional tournament CECAFA known as Kagame Cup but they all turned it down claiming they are preparing for a title defense in the upcoming season.

Burundi was to be represented by the 2019 Primus League winners, the Black Eagle, while Tanzania’s Simba SC and Yanga were named representatives.

The tournament made by teams from the CECAFA region members of Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zanzibar is slated from July 7-21, 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Simba SC said in a statement,

« 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, » the club 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 continues.

Simba who last won the competition in 2002, also cited the short period between the conclusion of last season and the start of the 2019/20 domestic season as another reason for their withdrawal from the tournament.

Clubs confirmed to take part at CECAFA

The 2018/2019 StarTimes Uganda Premier League Champions KCCA FC, Zesco United of Zambia, AS Vita Club and Motema Pembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo have already confirmed their participation in the tournament.

Rwanda, the host country will be represented by Rayon Sports, APR and Mukura.

The winner of the annual tournament which is mainly financed by Rwandan President Paul Kagame will be crowned champion with prize money worth $30,000.

Tanzania’s Azam FC are the reigning champions after beating domestic rivals Simba SC in 2018 in Dar es Salaam.