We were timid in South Africa – Ochan

KCCA F.C goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan has admitted that the side were timid in the opening minutes of their first leg tie with Mamelodi Sundowns last Friday in South Africa.

Mike Mutebi’s charges conceded twice in the first seven minutes of the game before growing into the game and keeping their opponents at bay thereafter.

“There was a little bit of pressure. It was the first time playing against the champions of Africa but we stabilized and played well thereafter,” the custodian revealed at the pre-match press conference held at Lugogo Friday morning.

He, however, believes the return leg in Kampala will be different and expects positives at the end of the day.

“The manager has given us the liberty to play and enjoy ourselves and if qualification comes it will be a bonus.”

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Benjamin Ochan

KCCA will make history and become the first Ugandan side to reach the CAF Champions League group stages if they manage to get past Pitso Mosimane’s charges on Saturday.

Ochan also revealed that on top of looking for goals against the defending champions, KCCA have to stay disciplined at the back as every mistake committed at a high level like this comes with serious consequences.

“We have to be disciplined and limit our mistakes otherwise we will get punished,” he added. “We know the challenge ahead of us, because we are facing the defending champions and they are a good side but so are we.”

KCCA have no option but to win the game in order to qualify.

With Geoffrey Sserunkuuma’s away goal, the home side will qualify with a 1-0 win at their home ground.

The Ugandan champions have not lost a game at their home ground this season and defeated Angola Premeiro De Agosto in the previous stage of the CAF Champions league preliminary round.