By Hussein Bukenya in Zanzibar
KMKM (Zanzibar) v KCCA FC (Uganda) 4pm
If reaching one’s potential depends solely on training very hard, all resolute football players would be in top form.
But it is not reason for being reluctant to strike a balance between hard work and recovery process.
Recovery is the most difficult part of serious training. More intractable than the creative process of choosing the right tactics.
For that case, coach George Nsimbe has to be very precise on how his charges can recover in time to be in shape for the opening game today against the host champions KMKM FC in the Mapinduzi Cup.
KCCA FC have had only 32 hours within which to recover and at the same time prepare for the game after enduring a long journey by road from Kampala. They arrived here in Zanzibar on Monday evening.
What is encouraging, however, is that Nsimbe is aware of the task ahead of him. He sounded confident during the team’s light workout yesterday at Aman national stadium.
“We are aware of the task ahead of us as champions from Uganda. We are here to compete, but not as participants. Actually KCCA has never been a ‘participating’ team”.
“This tournament is a very good opportunity to gauge and prepare ourselves for El Merriekh in the CAF Champions League next month. We have to go as far as the final such that we acquire enough international match experience”.
KCCA is pooled in group A together with KMKM, Simba FC (Tanzania), and AFC Leopards (Kenya). The top two teams qualify to the quarter finals.
Uganda’s other representatives URA FC are in Group C, based in Pemba, alongside Tusker FC (Kenya), Yanga (Tanzania) and a guest team from China.