August 8, 2022

Otoho bring KCCA FC back to earth | CAF CC

By Clive Kyazze
Allan Okello is challenged by an AS Otoho player in the preliminary round of the 2019 Total CAF Confederation Cup | KCCA Photo

As Otoho scored two quick goals on the 20th and 22nd minutes and a third in the second half against KCCA FC in the first leg of the 2018/2019 Total CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie in Owando.

The 3-0 defeat is the second largest defeat KCCA FC have suffered since their 2017 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Club Africain in Tunisia.

There was a late change in the KCCA FC starting lineup with sick Herbert Achai starting ahead of Eric Ssenjobe on the left side of midfield in the 3-4-3 formation.

Achai had spent Saturday resting as the team went through their last preparation for the tie, he warmed up with the substitutes but was later named to start ahead of Ssenjobe.

Otoho scored through Yedan Moussa from 12 yards after the referee blew his whistle and pointed at the post after skipper Timothy Awany had won a 50-50 challenge

Striker Patrick Kaddu (9) was always closely marked by the Otoho defense | KCCA FC photo

Two minutes later, KCCA hadn’t recovered, Moussa connected home off a quick attack that left the KCCA FC defense in sixes and sevens.

It was also evident that KCCA FC struggled to match up with the body sizes of the gigantic Otoho players especially upfront.

Patrick Kaddu, Allan Okello and Mike Mutyaba failed to get operating room as the Otoho defenders marked them out of the game. 

KCCA held on until the break, and going into the second stanza Lawrence Bukenya and Mike Mutyaba were replaced by Muzamir Mutyaba and Allan Kyambadde. 

The Otoho team pose for a team photo before kickoff | KCCA FC photo

KCCA FC came to life in the second half, Okello, Kaddu and Kyambadde all had chances but the Otoho keeper was not taking any chances.

As KCCA FC pushed for that away goal, they conceded a third through Kikasa Wamba, that put a come back beyond reach, especially in the first leg.

Alou Bagayoko almost grabbed a fourth with 10 minutes left on the clock, but his effort hit the woodwork, two minutes later he hit the crossbar again as the fourth official signaled four minutes of added time. 

The return leg will be a big test for KCCA FC, who will need to over turn the 3-0 deficit if they are to advance to the group stages.

Gift Ali (M) and Mike Mutyaba (R) were bossed off possession by the AS Otoho players | KCCA FC Photo

Otoho won’t be pushovers in that one at Lugogo, especially since they know how to score goals away from home.  But probably also because of the huge aggregate they will carry to Kampala.

Otoho’s first opponent in the preliminary round of the 2018/2019 Total CAF Champions League were 2018 champions League semifinalists DC Primeiro De Agosto.

They lost 4-2 in Angola but won the return leg 2-0 in Congo to tie the aggregate and advance on way goals rule.

At the first round stage, they drew 1-1 with Zimbabwe Platinum FC in Congo but couldn’t replicate their away form as they were knocked out of the Champions League but were given a second chance in the Confederation Cup.

CAF Confederation Cup First leg play off results

Al-Nasr SC 1-0 Salitas FC 

Al Hilal Omdurman  3-0 Mukura VS

Gor Mahia 2-1 New Star Douala

ZESCO United 3-1 Kaizer Chiefs

Jimma Aba Jifar 0-1 Hassania Agadir

Bantu FC 1-2 Enugu Rangers

Cotonsport 2-3 Asante Kotoko SC

Otoho d’Oyo 3-0 KCCA FC

IR Tanger 0-0 Zamalek SC

Al-Nasr SC 1-0 Salitas FC 

Al Hilal Omdurman 3-0 Mukura VS

St Malien 1-1 Petro

African Stars 1-1 Raja Casablanca

Nkana 3-0 San Pedro 

Vipers 0-0 SC Sfaxien

Al Ahly Benghazi 1-0 Hussein Dey 

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