Young Africans

Young Africans

Both KMKM and Yanga are in Group A alongside Kenya?s Gor Mahia, Djibouti?s Telecom and Khartoum National from Sudan. ?Tomorrow?s match against Yanga at the National Stadium will be a good test for our squad, especially for the newly signed players,? a KMKM official said.

?The technical bench will use the game to assess the squad?s strength and weakness before we meet again in the Kagame Cup.?

According to the Kagame Cup fixture released by the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) last week, KMKM face Yanga on July 24.

The islanders have reinforced their squad by signing four new players from various Isles elite clubs. KMKM launch their campaign against Telcom in one of the tournament?s opening matches on July 8. Yanga will also be in action the same day against Gor Mahia.

Yanga, who have been training for several weeks, are expected to features their two newly signed foreign players ? Zimbabwean hitman Donald Ngoma and Ghanaian attacking midfielder Joseph Tetteh Zutah, whom they have signed on a two-year contract from Zimbabwe?s FC Platinum and Ghanaian side, Medeama Sporting Club respectively.

The duo, who have been impressive in training sessions, missed the team?s international friendly match against Uganda?s SC Villa which ended in a barren draw and are eager to prove to their club?s supporters that they will never let them down.

While Yanga and KMKM face each other today, the country?s other representative in the Kagame Cup, Azam FC, were yesterday expected to take on JKT Ruvu at their Azam Chamazi complex on the outskirts of the city as part of their preparations for the event.

Azam head coach, Briton Stewart Hall, said he would utilize the game to test his players, who include newly signed Ivorian goalkeeper Vincent Atchouailou de Paul Angban.

Thirteen teams are taking part in the two-week tournament that will be beamed live by Supersport, CECAFA?s broadcast partners for the next four years and Rwanda President Paul Kagame, the council?s patron since 2002, has already committed 60,000 US dollars.

The champions will take home 30,000 US dollars, the runners-up will cash 20,000 US dollars and the third-placed team will get 10,000 US dollars.

By BETRAM LENGAMA, Tanzania Daily News

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