After his side crashed out of the CAF Champions League at the expense of African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, KCCA Coach Mike Mutebi admitted the draw was never kind.
Geoffrey Sserunkuma strike on 30 minutes put KCCA into the lead at Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo until the 80th minute when ageless Anthony Laffor equalised for Sundowns to ensure the South Africans progressed 3-2 on aggregate.
“I would say the draw wasn’t kind to us,” said Mutebi. “But maybe it came early for us to grow and we got a very good test against the Kings of Africa,” he added.
There was much that Sundowns offered to scare us. You could see. When we were in charge, we were tentative unlike them who have been there and done it.
We did play with some sort of authority but that authority can’t be sustained unless players are continuing to do these things and are experienced.
The gaffer however picked positives from the overall campaign saying the test will have a positive impact on the players’ belief and learning to understand the game.
The test we had will bring belief to players that they can do it and for me as a manager of the team am very excited.
The outspoken manager gave an example of how Pitso Mosimane’s charges showed good intelligence of the game in how they play and further revealed his are still learning though the curve is very impressive.
That’s why I say players must understand how to play the game. Sustainably, they (Sundowns) were going to get the ball and hang it on the back post. It’s automated and that means they understand how they play. Ours are just learning to understand the game but am impressed with the learning curve.
Mutebi and KCCA’s chance to continue learning now lies in the CAF Confederation Cup where they will learn their opponents on Tuesday for a two-legged playoff to reach the group stages of the competition.