Kambale Salita and Musa Docca
Guest side Uganda Revenue Authority FC were the denied chance to progress to the semi finals of the 2013 Cecafa Kagame Club Championship yesterday evening.
The Ugandan side failed to go past Rwandan champions Rayon Sport in a quarter final tie played at the Naga Stadium in Darfur. The Rwanda side took a 3-0 lead before the 10-man URA fought back strongly to score two goals and put Rayon Sport on pressure.
DR Congo import Gentil Kambale Salita gave Rayon Sport the lead in the 5th minute before injured URA goalkeeper Yassin Mugabi was replaced. URA who also fell out at the quarter final stage last year tried to press the Rwanda team, but went into recess without scoring.
Al-Ahly Shandi and Al-Hilal Kadougli played to a 1-all draw in Kadguli on Saturday afternoon, a result that paved way for URA to finish second in group ‘C’ and sail into the quarter finals of the Cecafa-Kagame Cup.
URA is now destined to fly to El-Fasher City early next week to prepare for their quarter final match on Thursday afternoon.
Their opponents in El-Fasher are still not known until the last group ‘B’ matches are played on Monday.
If Express loses to Electric FC tomorrow, chances will be high that the two Ugandan clubs may clash in the quarters. URA that finished second in group ‘C’ behind Al-Ahly Shandi plays the second team in group ‘B’.
Port vs. Express
Uganda Revenue Authority FC found the going tough at the on-going Cecafa Kagame Club Championships, going down 1-0 to Sudan’s Al Ahly Shandy on Thursday evening.
Although the revenue side won their opening game by the same score on Tuesday, they will wait for the last group C game in South Kordofan to decide if they make it to the quarter finals.
“We missed so many scoring opportunities and also conceded after some defensive lapse,” said assistant Coach Ibrahim Kirya.
Another Ugandan side Express FC started the campaign on Thursday on a low note after settling for a barren draw against Djibouti’s Ports FC. The draw keeps the two teams behind Electric Sport (Chad) and Rwanda champions Rayon Sport who settled for a 3-3 draw yesterday.
Defending champions Young Africans (Yanga) will begin the defence of their Cecafa Kagame Club Championship title against Uganda's Express FC after the two sides were drawn together in Group C.
The Tanzanian league champions will be based in South Darfur and will also face Express, Ports of Djibouti and Vital'O.
Elsewhere in the draw, which was made on Tuesday at the Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum, Merriekh El Fasher, APR, Elman and Simba SC were pooled together in Group A, which will also be based in Darfur.
The other group matches in the 18 June to 2 July tournament will be played in South Kordofan.
The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) has confirmed that the once-troubled Darfur region in western Sudan will host the 2013 Cecafa Club Championships next month.
The football body said that Democratic Republic of Congo side St. Eloi Lupopo will take part in the event.
Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye also told BBC Sport that "a team from Eritrea is yet to confirm".
Musonye said that Darfur is 90% ready to host the event, but for only two of the three groups.
"Two football stadiums in Al Fashir - Al Nuggaa [capacity 15,000] and Al Fashir [45,000] - were of impressive quality and so were hotel accommodations and transport," he said.
Defending champions Young Africans of Tanzania Mainland looked better than in their previous games when beating Rwanda’s APR 2-0 in Cecafa Kagame Club Cup action at the National Stadium on Friday.
In the other match of the day, Uganda Revenue Authority beat AS Port of Djibouti 3-1.
Preliminary round matches of the 12-team competition -- one guest team and the rest from the Cecafa [Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations] -- will end on Saturday with the qualifiers of the three-team Group ‘B’ being decided.
Ports vs. Simba
Wasteful Simba returned to winning form after thumping Ports of Djibouti 3-0 during their Kagame Cup Group A match at the National Stadium yesterday.
The victory means Milovan Cirkovic's boys stand a better chance of advancing to the quarterfinals that will kick off on Monday.
The Djibouti side has a mathematical chance to reach the quarterfinals, but will have to record a big margin win over URA and pray for Simba to lose their final group match against AS Vita of DR Congo.
In an earlier fixture, URA kept their winning run going after thrashing the Congolese outfit 3-1 in an exciting match to book their place in the quarterfinals.