After edging newly promoted Uganda Premier League side Wakiso Giants 2-0 in the Pilsner Super 8, KCCA FC’s next task is in the CAF Champions League away to Namibian side African Stars on 10th August.
Goals from Allan Okello and Sadat Anaku in both halves were enough for the holders to book a semi-final slot against Onduparaka FC.
KCCA host their home games on artificial turf in Lugogo and at times they find it difficult on natural grass surfaces, therefore, a visit to Wakissha resource centre was a good test.
“First of all, when we visit African Stars we are going to play on natural grass and I also expect it to rain in Namibia just like it did today in Wakiso,” KCCA manager Mike Mutebi said in the post-match press conference.
“Putting that aside, Wakiso Giants asked my team the questions we wanted with their good use of the ball because we all know KCCA is never good without the ball but we tried to react without the ball which was perfect,” Mutebi added.
Though the Uganda Premier League champions came out victors at the end of the day, it was the home side that enjoyed plenty of possession.
“They also had moments where they used the ball and they tried to make us chase because we also wanted that other side when we don’t have the ball which they did.”
“But most of the time the boys associated very well in the midfield, we still have a lot of work to do in the final third because we create chances but we don’t take them away because of the coherent movement in the final third,” he added.
“Otherwise it was a very good test because it was the last game before we play on the continent and when you win it gives you confidence,” he added.
Mutebi has never shied away from giving young players a chance and it was Peter Magambo and Samuel Kato at the heart of defence while FUFA Junior League top scorer Anaku led the lineup front.
“So many Ugandans are scared because they are young but the things, they do exemplify people who are experienced and very confident so for me the progress of these kids is fantastic,” Mutebi noted.
KCCA FC are on song to defend the title they won last year if they can negotiate the semi-final tie against Onduparaka at a yet to be confirmed date.