Byekwaso insists KCCA fully focussed for AS Kigali challenge

KCCA FC assistant coach Morley Byekwaso has disclosed that the players’ mindsets are firmly fixed on their CAF Confederations Cup qualifier against AS Kigali.

KCCA are currently in Rwanda ahead of the first leg of their first-round qualifier on Wednesday at the Nyamirambo Stadium in Rwanda’s capital.

The Kasasiro Boys face a huge task against the Rwandan side as their preparations were dealt a huge blow following multiple COVID-19 positive cases in their camp hours before they departed Uganda.

But Byekwaso insists that the 13-time Uganda Premier League champions are keen to secure a positive result from the first leg, and head into the clash with a confident mood.

“We arrived safely yesterday,” Byekwaso told media, adding; “We took one hour at the airport yesterday for testing but we are yet to receive our results which are coming hours from now.”

“We are so prepared as usual; We want to see that we represent our club and our country very well.”

“All the boys are determined, they are focused and the boys really want to make a difference in Wednesday’s game,” Byekwaso stated.

KCCA will have to field a rather weakened side with Byekwaso reportedly travelling with only 14 players who do not include a recognised goalkeeper.

All three of their keepers including captain Charles Lukwago, Ali Mwirusi and Hassan Matovu are ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19.

Other KCCA players who are ruled out after testing positive for the deadly virus include, Denis Iguma, Samson Kigozi, Brian Aheebwa, Hassan Musana, Kezironi Kizito and Italian Stefano Mazengo.

The club will also be without head coach Mike Mutebi, first team coaches Kaddu Badru and Jackson Magera plus goalkeeping coach Moses Oloya.

But Byekwaso has a couple of options at his disposal by virtue of the club’s deep squad. Peter Magambo, Herbert Achai and Samuel Kato featured prominently in their CECAFA Challenge cup triumph in 2019 in Rwanda.

Ashraf Mugume has had a bright start to life at the club while another new signing Bright Anukani also had a 30-minute appearance against URA on Friday.

Sam Ssenyonjo has been brilliant upfront, scoring four goals in five league games, providing three assists. Steven Sserwadda also returned and featured on Friday.

New signings Juma Balinya could also be available as is youngster Charles Lwanga who has made a couple of late appearances so far.

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