Timothy Awany fights for the ball against a Rivers United player in Nigeria : Photo by KCCA media
By: Danito Nsubuga
Sunday, July 2nd: KCCA FC vs FUS Rabat
Venue: Philip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo 4:00* pm
Referees : Norman Matemera assisted by,
Salani Ncube and Brighton Nyika from Zimbabwe
Group A is one of the most fairly balanced groups of the CAF confederation Cup as all 4 teams have an equal or fair chance of advancement to the knock out stages. FUS Rabat top the group with 6 points from 4 games followed by Club Africain and Nigerian minnows Rivers in 3rd with KCCA lying 4th due to their inferior goal difference of negative 2.
No team has managed to pick a positive result away from home and its on this statistic that KCCA should capitalise to beat their visitors. They are boosted by the availability of creative midfielder Saddam Juma who has been cleared by CAF, he has not yet featured for the Ugandan champions due to irregularities in his transfer documents . Derrick Nsibambi and Geoffrey Sserunkuma will have to continue with their blistering form if KCCA are to keep their chances alive.
(KCCA lost 3-0 in Rabat: Courtesy photo)
KCCA FC have also made Phillip Omondi Stadium a fortress of their own since they haven’t lost an international game there, but Coach Mike Mutebi should instill more defensive discipline in his team as they lie bottom on the log courtesy of their poor goal difference, KCCA have conceded a hooping 7 goals and scoring only 5 , which translates into a goal difference of negative 2. This is echoed in his words as told to the official website of the club.
“We must win our home game, there is no question about that, especially if we want to stay in contention of qualifying for the last eight”
“We have made our home ground a fortress and we want it to stay that way, right now we are not doing well on the log because of an inferior goal difference”
“That means we must change our character on the pitch come Sunday. We must score enough goals but also defend well if we are to over turn the goal difference which is not in our favour right now,” Mike Mutebi told www.kccafc.co.ug, the club’s official website
In the same group, Rivers FC of Nigeria will be hosting Tunisian giants Club African in Port Harcourt where the Nigerians are also unbeaten after having beaten FUS Rabat 1-0 and KCCA FC 2-1 respectively.
That victory against KCCA saw the Nigerian club move to the third spot on the Group A table with six points and a goal difference of negative 1. They are only behind group leaders FUS Rabat on goal difference. Rivers will look to Bernard Ovoke, who scored against KCCA for inspiration if they are to defeat the Tunisians.
On the other hand, Africain beat Rabat 2-1 in their previous group match which was played in Rades Tunisia these 3 points propelled the Tunisian side to second spot on the Group A standings with six points and a goal difference of positive 1. They are only behind the group leaders Rabat on goal difference. Africain’s hope is vested in skipper Saber Khalifa who put up a stellar perfomance against FUS Rabat.
Victorious teams between these encounters will be in pole position for qualification to the knock out stages as there will only be one match left to play. KCCA FC lost the 1st leg 3-0 in Rabat.
KCCA probable line up
Benjamin Ochan, Denis Okot, Timothy Awany, Isaac Muleme, Paul Musamali, Muzamir Mutyaba, Saddam Juma, Allan Okello, Tom Masiko, Geoffrey Sserunkuma , Derrick Nsibambi
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