Moments after KCCA FC’s first victory at this year’s CECAFA Kagame Cup, head coach Morley Byekwaso took some time to detail his reasons behind the recent rotations in the armband’s holder.
KCCA beat Zanzibar outfit KMKM SC 1-0 at the Azam Complex on Thursday night courtesy of Herbert Achai’s strike. But it was the decision to hand the armband to Julius Poloto that caught the eye.
In the previous fixture against Azam FC, Gift Ali was handed captaincy duties, with the role expected to change in their final group game as Byekwaso weighs his options.
“We want to see who of the two (Poloto and Ali), will work harder for it. That is why there is this competition,” Byekwaso stated.
“The competition is just preparation for the league. We need to see who is a better captain, one who will lead this team. So, whoever will be better will be KCCA’s captain for the 2021/22 season,” he stamped.
About the narrow victory on the day, the 47-year-old reserved praise for the team’s defensive shape, especially in the second half.
“KMKM is a very strong and experienced side who use the ball well. They made us suffer in the second half, but we defended well to protect our win, something we failed to do in the previous match (against Azam).”
It is the striking force that is still giving Byekwaso a headache after scoring one goal in 180 minutes of action at the Kagame Cup.
“I am not happy (with the forwards) because we created about four or five big chances but failed to convert them. We had the same problems at Azam. But we will keep working on that aspect going into the next match.”
KCCA will play Burundi champions Messager Ngozi FC on Saturday, August 7, and will progress to the semifinal with a victory or a draw.