“It has been a long tiring journey but we came here on a mission that we are determined to accomplish."
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CAF CONFEDERATIONS CUP
Group A game six (on Friday)
Club Africain v KCCA
FUS Rabat v Rivers United
Not even the energy-sapping 20-hour journey to Tunisia has weakened KCCA’s resolve to reach the Confederations Cup quarter-finals.
The team of 29 eventually touched down at Carthage International airport at 12.30pm on Wednesday, completing a journey that began at almost the same time in Kampala the previous day.
Visibly tired KCCA players and officials were taken through airport clearance by officials of the host side Club Africain shortly after arrival.
The visitors were thereafter taken to Zahara Dar Hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean.
“It has been a long tiring journey but we came here on a mission that we are determined to accomplish,” said KCCA captain Denis Okot after arrival.
KCCA, the reigning Uganda Premier League and Uganda Cup champions, face former African champions Club Africain on Friday in a match where a draw will assure the two sides of quarter finals places.
The two teams top Group A at nine points each while the other teams in the group FUS Rabat of Morocco and Rivers United of Nigeria are locked at six points each.
But rather than have the team rest on the day of arrival, coach Mike Mutebi had an evening training session.
“The argument of the team first resting doesn’t work. Gone are the days when such air travel would tire teams. In fact the best way of overcoming jet lag is by training,” said the Mutebi, a former coach of The Cranes, Uganda's national football team.
KCCA will in its second training session have an opportunity of trying out the 60,000-seater Stade Olympique Rades where Friday’s match will be.
One of the things KCCA will have to come to terms with is the scorching sun. Temperatures here are at 35 degrees centigrade.