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Mutebi banking on player rotation in fixture pile-up

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 21st April 2017 03:48 PM

With a fixture pile up, KCCA find themselves playing a match after every two days

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KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi instructs striker Allan Okello during an Azam Uganda Premier League match against URA at the Phillip Omondi stadium, April 19 2017. Match ended 2-2. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

After securing a point against visiting URA at the Phillip Omondi stadium on Wednesday, KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi plans to rotate his squad to counter the fixture pile up that his side faces in the title run-in.

KCCA FC came twice from behind to draw with URA to secure a point that took his side joint top of the table with SC Villa who they face in Masaka on Saturday.

KCCA though leads on better goal difference and with three games in hand going into the Saturday encounter.

URA’s Ali Feni and Hamis Kizza’s strikes were cancelled out twice by Isaac Muleme and Geoffrey Sserunkuma’s efforts in the game that followed KCCA’s qualification to the group stages of the Confederations Cup.

 KCCA FC's Isaac Muleme (left) beats URA's Julius Ntambi during an Azam Uganda Premier League match at the Phillip Omondi stadium

“We wanted to win but in the end we picked a point, although we didn’t play as well as we would have liked; but it is a good point that keeps us in contention,” Mutebi said after the match.

With a fixture pile up as result of their participation in the CAF Champions League and the Confederations Cup KCCA find themselves playing a match after every two days against Villa, before they face Vipers at Lugogo on Tuesday.

“We don’t have to worry about our opponents but ourselves,” Mutebi remarked in reaction to an earlier loss Villa had suffered away to Kirinya before the Wednesday encounter.

“The point against URA was good putting into consideration the fatigue, but we have trained the players to encounter such challenges. Our players should be able to play at least 40 matches in a season and I expect whoever is selected to deliver, but I will rotate them depending on the needs of each particular match,” Mutebi stated.

He is hoping striker Derrick Nsibambi, and defender Denis Okot who got a head injury against URA will recover in time for the away fixture against Villa.

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