Uganda Premier League champions Express FC will today face surprise package KMKM SC from Zanzibar in the first semifinal match of the CECAFA Kagame Cup 2021 at the Azam Complex, Chamazi.

Last Saturday Express humbled home side Young Africans SC 3-1 to seal their place in the knockout stage, while KMKM SC also defeated Azam FC 3-2 in a Group B match.

“We are determined and motivated to win this CECAFA Kagame Cup. My players have picked up well since our first match,” added Express FC head Coach Wasswa Bbosa.

In their opening match Express FC stopped South Sudan’s Atlabara FC 1-0, before drawing 1-1 with guest side Nyasa Big Bullets FC [Malawi].

But KMKM SC coach Ali Vuai Shein has warned that they did not get to the knockout stage by mistake. “We are getting better as the tournament progresses,” warned Shein.

The second semifinal clash on Wednesday will see Tanzanian side Azam FC take on Nyasa Big Bullets in what is expected to be a tough battle.

Azam FC humbled 2019 champions KCCA FC [Uganda] 2-0 in their opening match before stopping Burundi’s Le Messager Ngozi [Burundi] 1-0 in the second game and losing to KMKM Sc in the final group match.

Benedict Florence Haule, the Azam FC goalkeeper and captain told Cafonline that they are determined to pick a good result in front of their fans. “We know the team from Malawi is good and we shall face them with a lot of caution,” added Haule.

The Nyasa Big Bullets head coach Peter Mponda said they have watched Azam FC play and know how they will handle the match. “They will have the comfort of playing at home, but we shall make sure we convert our chances and also defend well,” said Mponda.

The Nyasa Big Bullets who also lead the Malawi Premier League standing started the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Express FC, before picking the same result against Young Africans SC and winning the last group game against Atlabara FC 2-0.

Yusuf Mosi, the CECAFA Competitions Director said that this tournament has helped teams prepare well ahead of the kickoff of the 2021/2022 CAF competitions.

“This tournament has helped teams prepare better because by the group stage every team has played three matches and those that are through to the knockout stage will each play five games,” said Mosi.

Source: CAF