Tanzania CECAFA Kagame Cup: Gor Mahia suffer opening defeat against Red Arrows

Zambian Premier League champions Red Arrows FC picked a 1-0 win against Gor Mahia FC from Kenya in their Group B opener of the CECAFA Kagame Cup on Wednesday night.

After a goalless first half, it was substitute James Chamanga who capitalized on a poor clear by the Gor Mahia defenders to give Red Arrows the lead.

Gor Mahia also pressed forward, but did not look decisive in the final third.Gor Mahia’s new Brazilian coach Leonardo Neivas said although they lost the opening match, there is still a lot of work to be done.

“This was my first match in-charge since I joined the team and there are things that I have to try and change and improve as well,” said Neivas.

The Red Arrows coach Chisi Mbewe says he was impressed with the attitude of his team in the win over Gor Mahia. “We now need to prepare for the second match,” added Mbewe.

The regional tournament which kicked off on July 9th with 12 teams will climax on July 21st with the best team picking a cash prize of US$30,000, the runner-up US$20,000 and the third placed US$10,000.

The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame supports the tournament with US$60,000 specifically for the cash prize.

Action continues on Friday with four matches on card. Tanzania’s Coastal Union SC will face Zanzibar’s JKU SC, while Hay Ala Wadi (Sudan) take on Dekadaha FC (Somalia) in Group A matches at the KMC Stadium.

SC Villa, the three time regional champions will also return to action against Singida Black Stars FC, while APR FC (Rwanda) battle El Merriekh Bentiu FC (South Sudan) in Group C matches at the Azam Complex, Chamazi.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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