Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye has said they are ready to get a replacement if Young Africans (Yanga) opts out of Kagame Cup tournament.
Reports from Tanzania indicates that Yanga have withdrawn from the regional tournament citing fatigue and also to prepare for their remaining Group matches of Caf Confederation Cup.
Yanga and Simba SC were pooled together in Group C that also have Ethiopian champions St. George and Somalia’s Dakadaha. However, speaking to Goal, Musonye has told Yanga to walk away if they want to.
“I have several teams that wants to come and play in Kagame Cup. I have TP Mazembe, I have APR of Rwanda and also Vital 'O' from Burundi. They (Yanga) can go if they want to. They have not written to us but they can go.
“If there is any other team that wants to follow Yanga, they can also withdraw. We don’t have time to sweet talk teams. Let those teams that want to go, go and we will still have a great tournament. I can assure you that.”
Kenyan representatives Gor Mahia will kick-off their campaign with a match against Caf Confederation Cup opponents’ Rayon Sports of Rwanda on July 1.
Other teams in Gor Mahia’s Group B are Lydia Ludic (Burundi), Port (Djibouti). The regional event will run from June 28th to July 13th.
Full fixtures: Group A: Azam FC (Tanzania), Vipers SC (Uganda), JKU (Zanzibar), Kator FC (South Sudan); Group B: Rayon Sports (Rwanda), Gor Mahia (Kenya), Lydia Ludic (Burundi), Ports (Djibouti) and Group C: Yanga (Tanzania), Simba (Tanzania), St. George (Ethiopia) and Dakadaha (Somalia).