Sinan RAJUB SENOGA
Uganda’s representatives KCCA FC fell short of reaching the group stages of the 2019 CAF Champions League after being held to a 1-1 draw by Petro de Luanda of Angola at Lugogo.
The result meant that Mike Mutebi’s charges bow out of the prestigious tournament courtesy of away goals rule since the first leg in Angola ended 0-0.
Mustafa Kizza scored KCCA’s lone goal in an attempted move to overturn the halftime 1-0 deficit.
The Angolans took the lead in the 36th minute through captain Job Estevao who beat Charles Lukwago’s trying gloves from the penalty mark.
The penalty came as a result of Lukwago bringing down Ghanaian forward Isaac Mensah in the box.
The second half commenced with KCCA making a double substitution, Sadat Anaku and Simon Serunkuma came on for Jackson Nunda and Herbert Achai.
Kizza scored levelled the scoreline in the 58th minute with a left footed finish from Anaku’s assist and temporarily sent the Lugogo faithfuls in excitement.
KCCA kept pressing harder for a breaker through Mike Mutyaba, Allan Okello and company but unfortunately it never came.
There were two penalty appeals for KCCA for alleged handballs in the box inside the final five minutes but the referee from Mauritius waved play on.
KCCA will now compete for a slot in the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup while Petro de Luanda cruise to the group stages of the CAF Champions League.
KCCA FC XI;
Charles Lukwago (GK), Filbert Obenchan, Samuel Kato, Peter Magambo, Mustafa Kizza, Gift Ali (Nicholas Kasozi), Muzamir Mutyaba, Herbert Achai (Simon Serunkuma), Mike Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Jackson Nunda (Sadat Anaku)