KCCA seek to overturn deficit against Sundowns | CAF CL

  • Saturday March 18, 2017
  • KCCA (Uganda) Vs Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA) – Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo
  • [Sundowns lead 2-1 from the first leg]
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Primeiro de Agosto’s Ibukun Akinfewno tracks down KCCA’s Muzamir Mutyaba

League champions KCCA target a historic victory over Mamelodi Sundowns that will see them become the first Ugandan side to play in the group stages of the CAF Champions League.

The Kasasiro host the African champions at Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo eager to win at least 1-0 to qualify on away goals rule after losing 2-1 away in the first leg.

Coach Mike Mutebi is optimistic his charges will finish off the job at the fortress, Lugogo come Saturday insisting the belief is evident.

“The mood in the camp is positive,” he said. “But most importantly, the players have the self-belief that they have what it takes to knock out Sundowns,” he added.

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KCCA coach Mike Mutebi

I’m confident that we can get the result we want because our style of play guarantees us to create chances and we shall create them. We only need to be effective and put them away.

Looking at the first leg result, Mutebi believes his side would have gotten a far better result but they were nervous in the opening quarter of the game which cost them.

They were timid for first 15 minutes and we ended up conceding avoidable goals but along the way, the players grew in confidence and eventually played better. The fact is we created chances and I believe we would have gotten a much better result.

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Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns coach

For Pitso Mosimane, the Sundowns coach, he rued the missed chances in the first leg but remains positive they will pick a result that will take them to the next stage.

“We should have finished the job at home but football isn’t about could or should, we have to be realistic,” he said. “But with the experience and quality in the team, we can pick a result we desire,” he added.

Team News

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Paul Mucureezi brilliantly lifts the ball to Paulo Masukana’s trailing hand

For KCCA, Paul Mucureezi returns after missing the first leg but Tom Masiko remains a doubt despite training well with the side this week.

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Denis Onyango trained on own at Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo

Despite travelling with the team, Denis Onyango has been ruled out of the game for Sundowns and joins danger men Sibusiso Vilakazi and Khama Billiat – all injured.

Man to Watch

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Geoffrey Sserunkuma

Geoffrey Sserunkuma (KCCA) – The veteran centre forward continues to defy odds with a good scoring spree and will be the man to look for in attack come Saturday.

3 goals in as many games so far in the competition makes him a good bet for another goal.

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Hlomp Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns

Hlompho Kekana (Sundowns) – The engine of the side and the team skipper will have to dig deeper on Saturday.

Keke as famously referred to will be crucial if the South Africans are to leave with a desired result.

Stats

  • KCCA are unbeaten at the Lugogo astro turf in all competitions – played 12 games and won all.
  • KCCA have won the previous two home CAF Champions League matches 1-0 (versus Cosmos De Bafia and Primeiro de Agosto) but had previously failed to win as many (2-2 versus Nkana and 2-1 versus El Merriekh).
  • Sundowns have won 2 of the previous 5 away games in the CAF Champions League and scored in all but one match – the second leg final against Zamalek which they lost 1-0.
  • KCCA’s only two loses in 2017 have come away from home in the CAF Champions League (2-1 vs Sundowns and Primeiro de Agosto)
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KCCA FC’s line-up in a previous league game

KCCA Probable XI

Benjamin Ochan (GK), Denis Okot (C), Joseph Ochaya, Timothy Awany, Habib Kavuma, Ivan Ntege, Isaac Kirabira, Paul Mucureezi, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Brian Majwega.