Young Africans Sports Club of Tanzania have become the second team to pull out of the 2019 Cecafa Kagame Cup due in Rwanda.
In a statement posted on their Facebook page, Yanga, as popularly known, cited the reasons why it would be hard for them to honour the invitation days after their mainland rivals Simba SC withdrew from the competition.
“Yanga SC would like to inform you (Cecafa) that we will not be able to participate in the upcoming Cecafa Kagame Cup of 2019 due to the following reasons.” part of the letter reads.
“A number of our players have their contracts with the club ending soon and the players we have earmarked to sign are still engaged with their parent clubs. And that some of our players and the coach will be part of the national team (Taifa Stars) who are in Egypt for the Afcon finals.
“The rest of the players have been allowed to attend to their pre-season break and thus are not available for club duties. For the above-stated reasons, it will be hard for Yanga SC to participate in the upcoming Cecafa Kagame Cup.”
Zesco United of Zambia and AS Vita, and Motema Pembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed their participation in the tournament.
Ugandan Premier League (UPL) champions KCCA will be the country’s representatives and confirmed their participation. Rayon Sports, APR and Mukura will represent Rwanda, while the Gor Mahia and Bandari are expected to represent Kenya.
Azam of Tanzania are the defending champions after they beat Simba SC 2-1 in Dar es Salaam last year.
The winner of this year’s tournament will take home prize money worth USD 30,000. It will be played from July 7th to 21st.