DR Congo side DC Motema Pemba have pulled out of the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup just two days before the tourney kicks off in Rwanda on Saturday 6 July.
The news was confirmed by the Rwandese football federation through their social media handle with AS Maniema Union also of the DRC being sought as a replacement.
Gor Mahia were scheduled to take on DCMP on Monday in their first match.
A total of 16 teams were scheduled to take part at this year’s tournament with Kenya’s representatives being Gor and Bandari FC.
Seven teams have so far arrived in Rwanda with the deadline for arrival being today Thursday 4. They are; Green Eagles, Proline, KM, Atlabara, Azam, KCCA and AS Ports.
With DCMP, CECAFA had invited three guest teams for the 42nd edition of the regional tournament with the other two teams being TP Mazembe (DRC) and Green Eagles (Zambia).
The Zambian side will kick off the tournament against Heegan FC of Somalia on Saturday in the first match of a double header scheduled at the Kigali Stadium from 1PM CAT.
The other match will see Rwandese heavyweights APR do battle with Proline of Uganda from 4PM.
Bandari will be the first Kenyan side in action on Sunday against KCCA at the Huye Stadium from 1PM.