No past performance on the continent will matter for Mtibwa Sugar when they face KCCA FC in the first leg of the 2018/2019 CAF Confederation Cup first round tie this Saturday at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo.
KCCA FC have played in the group stages of the champions this year and were at the same stage in the Confederation Cup last year.
They got a bye into the first round of the confederation Cup this time round as Mtibwa Sugar had to contend with Northern Dynamo of Seychelles in the preliminary round.
Mtibwa Sugar won the tie 5-0 on aggregate and it’s on that background that their coach Zubeiri Katwili believes they will give the 2018 Stanbic Uganda Cup winners a run for their money.
“It was important for us to be playing at this stage, we know KCCA FC is a good side but we have prepared well for the challenge,” Katwili told journalists on Friday morning at Lugogo, he added.
“It’s important that we pick results here in Lugogo and try to finish the job back home in Tanzania because we are not here by mistake.”
Katwili who was with his captain Shaban Nditi the press conference dismissed claims that KCCA FC will have the advantage of the artificial turf that has always proved unplayable for opponents.
“In Tanzania most of the teams play on artificial turf, and in the preliminary round, we played against Northern Dynamo on the turf over two legs and won both matches,” he added.
KCCA FC have always set the target high for them while playing on the continent, and making the group stages is the bare minimum for them again this time round.
“We not making the group stages is a failed campaign internationally on our side, but we have enough in our armoury achieve our target,” the KCCA FC manager told journalist.
“Our journey starts tomorrow (Saturday), we must win if we are to achieve our target of the group stage, Mtibwa is a good side that is not here by mistake and we have a lot of respect for them, but we must knock them out if we are to advance,”
KCCA FC won’t have Sadam Juma, Julius Poloto and Bernard Muwanga who are all nursing injuries but in Gift Ali, Allan Okello, Jackson Nunda, Steven Serwadda, Mutebi believes he has players motivated enough to compete.
“The players have motivated themselves, especially the new players. Before joining the club, they knew the stakes were high compared to where they came from.”
This will Mike Mutebi’s 23rd game on the continent, won nine of those, drew twice and lost 11, scoring 25 goals and conceding 29.