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Will KCCA get it right in the CAF Champions League?

By Kasozi Balikuddembe

Added 21st August 2019 03:13 PM

Playing home is a cause for confidence in the KCCA camp and besides they are not strangers in this path.

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KCCA coach Mike Mutebi. File Photo

Playing home is a cause for confidence in the KCCA camp and besides they are not strangers in this path.

 
 
CAF Champions League
Preliminary round
Return leg
Friday, 4pm
Startimes Stadium
KCCA v African Stars
(African Stars lead 3-2 agg)
CAF Confederation Cup
Preliminary round
Masters Security v Proline
(Proline lead 3-0 on agg)
Saturday
Lilongwe, Malawi
 
KCCA were fashionable but not durable in their fi rst leg playing away at Namibian side African Stars eleven days ago. They lost 3-2.
 
The return leg duel Friday at the Startimes Stadium, Lugogo is shaped by a revenge narrative amid aggressive intentions from the visitors.
 
Playing home is a cause for confidence in the KCCA camp and besides they are not strangers in this path.
 
Last year they were able to handle the rigours of the competition and made history becoming the first Ugandan club to reach the CAF Champions’ League group stages.
 
A repeat of last year’s feat is the immediate target here and with the magnitude of the job, it must certainly have to come from a deep place.
 
The rewards bookended at the group stages are enough to ignite the motivation. A minimum of $550,000 (sh2b) cash prize awaits KCCA if they reach the group stage
courtesy of oil giants Total.
 
They need to beat African Stars by at least 1-0 to progress to the first round which is the last hurdle to the revered group stages.
 
Coach Mike Mutebi at the very place of playing catch up will have to go for a perfect game.
 
Meanwhile, Matia Lule having replaced Shafiq Bisaso as head coach of Proline hopes for better fortunes at the club and his immediate assignment is to guide the club to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.
 
“I’m familiar with the club and I know they want to reach new heights. It’s a big job at hand but yes meant to take it on positively,” he said.
 
Proline leads 3-0 from the first leg which takes the pressure off their chests. If they win the fixture, they will play either Rwanda’s AS Kigali or Tanzania’s KMC in the next
stage. $275,000 (sh1b) is awarded for reaching the group stages of the Confederations Cup.

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