KCCA FC’s hopes of playing in the 2018/2019 Total CAF Confederations Cup group stages disappeared into the windy cold evening on Sunday at the StarTimes stadium Lugogo.
The 12 time Ugandan champions KCCA FC defeated Otoho 2-0 but that wasn’t enough to overturn the 3-0 deficit as the Congolese advanced 3-2 on aggregate.
The game kicked off under a heavy downpour and on a water logged pitch and Mike Mutebi’s charges started all out trying to create opportunities.
The first stanza of the game was under a pitch that was completely unplayable because of the water, both sets of players struggled to pass the ball as the water kept on dictating its movement.
After recess, the heavens had settled and both teams tried to play football, KCCA FC with the most purpose and it was in the 63rd minute when Patrick Kaddu found the breakthrough.
The such for two more was officially launched, the pressure intensified but the second came a little late, Allan Kyambadde won KCCA FC a penalty in the 90th minute that was put away by Allan Okello.
With all the stoppages and time wasting from the Otoho players, the referee from Burundi added in just two minutes of injury time which were spent treating the Otoho goalkeeper.
“We are happy about the result despite the weather, our game plan was to defend but KCCA put up a good fight, we did the job in the first leg and that’s what has carried us through” Badri Alou, Otoho’ head coach said in the post-match presser.
or Mutebi, the determination and clarity from his team was on point. “The team had the determination the entire game, for a team this young to have command over the experienced players is worth a mention” Mutebi said before adding.
“We’ve not made the group stages and therefore it’s a failed continental campaign, we shall now focus here at home” Mike stressed.
KCCA FC will turn focus on defending the Stanbic Uganda Cup Round of 32 tie against Tooro Untied in Buhinga on Tuesday as they also put focus on reclaiming the league crown they last won in 2017.
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