In a few days from now, KCCA FC will travel to Algiers, to face Algerian side, Paradou SC for the 2nd tie of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup playoffs.
Uganda’s 1st division Defending champions played out a barren draw in Lugogo, which put their Hope’s of playing in the group stages in doubt.
Paradou played decently and showed some entertainment to the Ugandan football fans and on any good day, they would have gotten a goal but KCCA custodian Charles Lukwago was always in the right position to deny them a chance on a number of occasions.
For anyone who watched this game keenly, when the referee Thulani Sibandze from Eswantin blew the last whistle, the next talk was KCCA FC can not go far away from the second leg in Algiers.The team sold all its experienced players from last season; Timothy Awany, Allan Kyambadde, Patrick Kaddu among others, while it’s replacements were not timely enough for a moment to gel-in and be relied upon.
Paradou’s danger men Guiles Guenacui, Adema Zoghane, and Riad Benayad will not give any breathing space to KCCA backline with Samuel Kato, Hassan Musana, Philbert Obenchan, Mustafa Kizza and or Peter Magambo.
In the press conference, after the first leg, when KCCA gaffer Mike Mutebi was asked on how he will handle the pressure away from home with his poor away record in CAF games, he responding blatantly in a bragging manner saying his players are old enough and they can handle or compete in any kind of a fixture.
KCCA FC has only won once away from home on the continent, which was last season when they beat Mtibwa Sugar 2-1 in Tanzania. Muzamir Mutyaba and Allan Okello were on the mark for KCCA FC, in the Azam Complex Stadium in Der-salaam.After Mtibwa, the Lugogo based side fell to Otoho d’ Oyo who beat them 3-0 in Congo before a 3-2 aggregate exit after Patrick Kaddu and Allan Okello scored for KCCA FC in the second leg at Lugogo.
The Arabians’ home, full of intimidating fans especially when the stadium is filled to capacity, and everything these North Africans can do to get a result coupled with the talent its self is enough of the trouble that should be expected.
Can KCCA FC get anything from their second leg?
This question will remain standing until November 3rd when the return leg is played in Algeria.
KCCA has only advanced to CAF group stages away from home once, in 2016-2017 they knocked out Egypt’s Al Masry via penalty shootouts (3-4) after 1-0 win by KCCA FC in the first leg and the same result for Al Masry in Egypt.
KCCA FC was put in the CAF Confederation group with FUS Rabat (Morocco), Rivers United (Nigeria) and Club Africain.
Mike Mutebi’s biggest win on the continent so far, was against Mtibwa Sugar 3-0 at home and the biggest loss is against Club Africain away from home 4-0.