By Swalley Kenyi
CAF Champions League
February 7-9, 2013
El Merrikh (SUD) v KCCA (UGA)
CAF Confederations Cup
Don Bosco (RDC) v SCVU (UGA)
Kampala City Council Authority football club coach George Nsimbe is counting on both experience and brilliance of his players to eliminate El Merrikh of Sudan in the CAF Champions League preliminaries in February next year.
KCCA FC travel to Khartoum for the first leg of the competition on the weekend of February 7 and Nsimbe noted that it was an advantage for his side to play the first leg away.
"It is a challenge for which we are better organised than before. We have young, experienced players and better facilities to prepare us," Nsimbe said.
In 2009, El Merrikh eliminated KCCA at the same stage. Although KCCA held El Merrikh to 1-1 draw in Khartoum, they lost 1-0 in Kampala, allowing the Sudanese to advance. Nsimbe has blamed the result on insufficient preparations and quality of his players then.
"Back then we did not prepare well psychologically. We did not have the facilities KCCA gives us now. It will be a different case altogether because I have young players like Herman Wasswa and good goalkeeper -Salim Jamal. The likes of (Tonny) Odur and (Steven) Bengo will inject experience into the team and we will get the result we need," Nsimbe added.
In the CAF Confederations Cup, Sports Club Victoria University will launch their international campaign against Congolese side Don Bosco in Lubumbashi on the same weekend.
Although it will be SCVU's maiden appearance at the continental scene, Don Bosco fell 4-3 on aggregate to SuperSport of South Africa in the same competition in March, 2013.