CAF CC: Aheebwa driven by desire to prove at big stage

Brian Aheebwa claims that the enormity of the task that lies ahead for KCCA against AS Kigali will drive them on as they seek to pull off a comeback in the CAF Confederations Cup.  

The Rwandan side hold a 2-0 aggregate lead heading into the second leg of the first-round qualifiers to be played at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Wednesday.

KCCA preparations for the first leg was jeopardised by multiple COVID-19 cases within the first team, before the game was called off with Kigali handed a 2-0 victory.

But recoveries from those who were ruled out of the first leg have boosted the Kasasiro Boy’s hopes of overturning the tie.

And Aheebwa who was among the players who tested positive ahead of the first leg has disclosed that the game provides the level of challenge he has been looking forward to.

“These are the kind of challenges I have been looking ahead to,” Aheebwa told the club’s media ahead of the game.

“Playing at such a level and challenging myself, giving my all; in order to help the team reach a different level.”

“I don’t have any pressure, but I have to be on top and deliver to my best and see that the team comes up on top as well,” he added.

“I didn’t travel with the team which was unfortunate, but we are back and we have been working every day to see that we are in our best shape to bring a different level of the challenge.”

We are two goals down, but we are not yet out. We don’t have any pressure, but we have to be on top and deliver to our best potential in the game.”

“We all have a positive mind, to see that we can overturn that 2-0 advantage,” the striker continued.

Aheebwa joined KCCA at the start of the season and has been impressive scoring seven league goals in five games so far, including four against Onduparaka.

KCCA on the other hand will be buoyed by their recent performances on the continent. Reaching both the Champions League and Confederations Cup group stages in 2017 and 2018.

They are yet to suffer a home defeat in either inter-continental competitions since 2018 against Esperance de Tunis, winning four of their six home games since.

KCCA have also won four of their five Confederations Cup qualifiers at home since 2009.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the competition but Kigali will be playing against a Ugandan side at this stage of the qualifiers for the second year in a row.

Last year, Kigali was knocked out in by Proline FC. Proline picked up a 1-1 draw in the first leg and then went on to pick up a 2-1 win in Kampala to advance 3-2.

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