Kampala Capital City Authority manager Mike Hilary Mutebi has praised the character of his players despite having fallen short of qualification to the CAF Champions league group stages.
KCCA squandered their one goal advantage when Anthony Laffor cancelled Geofrey Sserunkuma’s opener.
I am happy for the way the players treated the match throughout the game. It was only a lapse of concentration towards the end that cost us but overall, I am so proud of the overall display.
Mutebi defied the odds when he started the 17 year old midfielder Allan Okello ahead of experienced players as Tom Matisko and Ivan Ntege.
Okello did not disappoint as he gave a good account of himself with explicit passes and attempts towards goal.
Mutebi however castigated the body language, mentality strength and overall performance for some of his players.
Second half substitute Sulaimon Akinyemi heading to the final 45 minutes of the CAF Champions league.
Some players need to be reminded time over and again of their roles. I was not happy by Akinyemi’s performance
In fact, Mutebi was forced to call out Akinyemi for striker Robert Sentongo as the home side fought for the second goal to force the game into extra time.
Earlier, the visitors had suffered a shock when defender Wayne Arendse limped out for Ivorian Soumahoro Bangaly, one of the scorers in the first leg.
On form left footed winger Brian Majwega delivered a pin point cross off the left that was well tapped home by poacher Sserunkuma to drive the lugogo crowd wild after 31 minutes.
Laffor who had replaced Anele Ngocongca at the onset of the second half got the equalizer with a well struck goal barely 10 minutes to the end.
The goal shocked many fans in the stands as KCCA grew desperate to score the second goal that never materialized.
Mutebi’s three changes involved Allan Okello being replaced by Sulaimon Akinyemi Oladimeji after 4 minutes of the second half.
Paul Mucureezi’s place was taken by another identity – Musamali and Akinyemi was again withdrawn for Robert Sentongo.
Mamelodi Sundowns thus qualified 3-2 on aggregate.
KCCA will now await for their fate when they play in the play-offs of the CAF confederation cup.
Team Line ups
KCCA XI: Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Denis Okot Oola (Captain), Joseph Ochaya, Habib Kavuma, Timothy Denis Awany, Isaac Kirabira, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Paul Mucureezi, Allan Okello, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Brian Majwega
49′ Allan Okello OUT, Sulaimon Akinyemi Oladimeji IN
50′ Paul Mucureezi OUT, Paul Musamali IN
85′ Sulaimon Akinyemi Oladimeji OUT, Robert Sentongo
Subs Not Used: Charles Lukwago (G.K), Ivan Ntege, Tom Masiko, Vincent Kayizzi
Head coach: Mike Hilary Mutebi
Mamelodi Sundowns XI: Wayne Sandilands (G.K), Kekana Hlompho (Captain), Anele Ngcongca, Langerman Tebogo, Richardo Nascismento, Mabunda Tiyani, Morena Thapelo, Wayne Arendse, Zwane Themba, Zakri Yannick, Tau Percy
10′ Wayne Arendse OUT, Soumahoro Bangaly IN
46′ Anele Ngcongca OUT, Anthony Laffor IN
72′ , Mabunda Tiyani OUT, Mashaba Nzikayise IN
Subs Not Used: Kennedy Mwene (G.K), Nthethe Thabo, Teko Modise, Castro Leonardo,
Head coach: Pitso Mosimane
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
Assistant Referee 1: Moemedi Monakwane (Botswana)
Assistant Referee 2: Mogomotsi Morakile (Botswana)
4th Official: Kutlwano Leso (Botswana)
Match Commissioner: Muhsin Ali Rajaba (Zanzibar)
Media Officer: Clive Kyazze (Uganda)
Security Officer: Philip Lubogo (Uganda)
Referees’ Coordinator: Ronnie Kalema (Uganda)