By: Daniel Nsubuga
KCCA FC did the bare minimum to eject Madagascan Champions CNapS sport FC in the first of the preliminary stages of the CAF champions league.
They will now face Ethiopian giants St. George on a date between the 9th and 11th of March 2018. Here is how the Kasasiro boys rated on one of the most nervy evenings at the Phillip Omondi stadium.
Charles Lukwago 7.5
Another man of the match performance from the KCCA FC goal keeper, Lukwago compensates his lack in size with timely reflexes, game reading and awareness. He a super save on 19 minutes to deny the visitors and two match winning interventions towards the end of the game 7.5
Filbert Obenchan 6
Was not phased by the occasion by this being his 2nd appearance in the CAF champions league, he managed to thwart most of the damage caused by the flamboyant Jaotombo Bourahim
Mustafa Kizza 6.5
The young left back showed great composure and maturity in a high pressure game, combined well with Paul Mucurezi and Habib Kavuma, his crosses were always spot on and he provided KCCA ‘s best outlet for a goal. He delivered the corner kick from which Mucurezi scored. 6.5
Timothy Awanyi 7
The captain played like a senior superintendent on duty, he commanded his defence well and made some timely interceptions to keep the Madagascans at bay. 7
Habib Kavuma 6.
One of the few senior players on the team, Habib Kavuma perfected the art of playing at the left side in a 3 man defence, always provided enough cover to Awanyi during aerial balls and he also spared some energy to go forward. He did not set any foot wrong. 6.
Lawrence Bukenya 6
Stood in for the injured Saddam Juma, Bukenya did exactly what he was asked to to but too many square passes destabilised his team’s rhythm going forward, received some gears from the fans for this. 6
Isaac Kirabira 6.5
A neat performance from the number 6, Kirabira provided the perfect cover for his defence and he was always willing to throw his body on the line, he tried some long range efforts too 6.5.
Denis Okot 5.5
Preferred to start on the right wing in the absence of Julius Poloto, he looked good going forward and also provided some cover to Obenchan but his cross delivery was wanting. He was the first player to be withdrawn.
Allan Okello 6
The little magician had a quiet evening, he was subdued by the powerful Haja Mirija, his combination with Bukenya did not click well and he was most of the time seen drifting off to the wings. 6
Paul Mucurezi 7
The match winner did exactly what was expected of a senior player. He made a series of attempts in the first period but most of his shots either off target or were mistimed. He looked a bit shot on fitness.
Derrick Nsibambi 6.5
KCCA’s targetman was deprived of ammunition and supplies in the first half but when Shaban Muhammad came on, the team cohesion improved and he saw more of the ball, he was unlucky not to go on the score sheet.
Mohammed Shaban 6
He came on for Denis Okot in the 46th minute, his introduction saw KCCA revert to a more fluid approach and ultimately more fire power going forward.
Paul Musamali 5
Came on for the tiring Mustafa Kizza, provided more aerial support especially when the Madagascans were throwing the kitchen sink at KCCA’s defence
Solomon Okwalinga N/A
He was thrown in at the deep end to add more stickers and he provided exactly that , too late to make a serious impact
Coach, Mike Mutebi 6.5
He seems to have picked a few lessons from last year’s campaign, he switched formations and game approach to suit the situation and demands of the game.
He also got selections right even after having regulars like Saddam Juma, Muzamir Mutyaba and Co missing.