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KCCA FC bow out of CAF Champions League

By Jacky Achan

Added 29th August 2018 03:36 PM

At the Borg El Arab Stadium last night, the hosts and eight-time Champions League winners took an early lead through Walid Azarou, in the 23rd minute.

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At the Borg El Arab Stadium last night, the hosts and eight-time Champions League winners took an early lead through Walid Azarou, in the 23rd minute.

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

KAMPALA - Having registered a convincing 2-0 win over African football giants winners Al Ahly back in May at the start of the CAF Champions League, Kampala Capital City Authority FC  (KCCA  FC) were determined to exit the competition on a high note last night but, narrowly fell short.

KCCA's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the competition was already over having won  only two games out of five matches in the group stage, the other  being a 1-0 win over Botswana’s Township Rollers in Gaborone, would they make it three?

At the Borg El Arab Stadium last night, the hosts and eight-time Champions League winners took an early lead through Walid Azarou, in the 23rd minute.

But, Jackson Nunda levelled matters for KCCA five minutes before half-time, to ensure the first half ended one all.

Five minutes after the restart, Souleymane Coulibaly put Al Ahly ahead again, only for Peter Magambo to equalize for KCCA in the 54th minute.

Al Ahly went on to score two more goals through Azarou and Salah Mohsen and Allan Okello grabbed a late goal for KCCA in the closing stages of the game that ended 4-3 on the night in favour of the hosts.

The other game in Group A between Esperance of Tunisia and Township Rollers, ended in a goalless draw.

Al Ahly finished top of the Group with13 points from six games, while Esperance settled for second place having collected 11 points. Both teams advance to the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile KCCA FC finished third and Township Rollers finished fourth bowing out of the competition.

Both KCCA FC and Township Rollers will get $550,000 (sh2bn) in cash prize awarded to each team that finishes third and fourth in the group stages of the continental soccer showpiece.

Al Ahly will take on Algerian side ES Setif in the quarter-finals next month, while Esperance will take on DR Congo’s TP Mazembe.


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