KCCA FC midfielder Kezironi Kizito believes the club has the quality and carry the confidence within the squad to overturn their CAF Confederations Cup first round qualifier tie against As Kigali.
KCCA need to overturn a first leg deficit when they host the Rwandan side at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Wednesday, January 6to keep their bid for reaching the Confederations Cup group stages again alive.
The Kasasiro Boys trail 2-0 on aggregate midway through the tie.
The first leg was cancelled after the club failed to produce the minimum number of players required for a game following multiple coronavirus positive cases that rocked the club.
But Kezironi remains positive that despite the unlucky incidents from the first leg, KCCA have the quality to progress.
“Everyone in the team is focussed,” Kezironi told the club’s media on Saturday.
“For the return leg, we have to work as a team and make sure we finish our chances in the game,” he added.
“The boys are in a positive mood and confident because with the work we have put in, we are confident we can get over the task and advance to the next level,” Kezironi implored.
KCCA were dealt a huge blow after eight of their first team players and a number of technical staff members including head coach Mike Mutebi tested positive for COVID-19 hours before the team’s scheduled trip to Kigali.
The club managed raise a second fiddle squad which did not include a recognisable goalkeeper, and had to recall defender John Revita from his injury rehabilitation to raise the required number of players.
But two more COVID-19 cases while in Rwanda was the final straw in the club’s attempts to have the game played, with CAF announcing that KCCA lose the game with by 2-0.
The club promised to improve their safety protocols regards COVID-19, and for the second leg, the players have been placed under a residential camp as preparations for the game continue.
And Kezironi admits that the move to convene a camp provides the players with a significant opportunity to focus on the game and also build more chemistry and confidence amongst the players.
“The team being together in camp helps us to bond more, because if you’re working as a team you need to build important chemistry,” Kezironi stated.
“We are definitely getting to know and understand each other better and the focus since you are aiming at a specific goal, it makes it easy to overcome the challenge.”
We have been working on our endurance and scoring because we need to be in the best shape to overcome the 2-0 advantage that they hold,” the tough talking midfielder mentioned.
KCCA confirmed that the game will be played at the St. Mary’s stadium after their home ground at Lugogo was not passed fit to host CAF games for the 2020/21 season.
Meanwhile, AS Kigali have already landed in Uganda for the game, a contingent including 23 players touched down at the Entebbe International Airport today evening.
They are expected to hold a couple of training session at the St. Mary’s Stadium ahead of the midweek encounter.