Tanzania glamour team Simba Sports club have withdrawn from the forthcoming Council of East and central Africa Football Association (Cecafa) Kagame soccer Championship slated for Rwanda next month.
The club announced through their club portal that they will be travelling outside their country for a pre-season tour, during the course of the regional championship.
Addressing the media in Dar es salaam over the weekend, Club Chief Executive Officer Crescentiuos Magori said they felt Cecafa assignment will interfere with their intended trip.
Magori said the club intends to pitch camp either in USA or Portugal to prepare for the CAF Champions League and Mainland Premier League season.
“We Want to focus on the CAF Champions League, which we believe we shall benefit a lot. We shall be away either in the United States or Portugal for pre-training that might last for six weeks. All plans are almost complete and we are looking forward for the trip. We have signed some few new players whom we want to expose to top flight football. We believe they will gain a lot from the trip,” observed Magori.
He further noted that following the amendments made on the dates for CAF inter-clubs competition, which is slated for August, will be tricky for Simba to compete in Kagame Cup.
Magori said they have already informed Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) about the decision to pull out of the competition. Efforts to get comment from CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye proved fruitless as he was unable to be reached.
Simba alongside Azam, the defending Kagame Cup champions, were to represent Tanzania in this year’s edition programmed set for July 7-21 in Kigali.
Yanga have also confirmed to have received invitation letter from Cecafa to take part in the annual event.
Yanga Secretary General Omary Kaaya noted they were still discussing the invitation and evaluate the benefit of participation in the tourney before issuing statement.
Defending Champions Azam FC have confirmed they will defend their trophy which they won in Dar es salaam last year. Gor Mahia who represented Kenya boycotted the presentation ceremony that irked condemnation from Cecafa.
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