CAF Confederation Cup: Huge task ahead of KCCA against AS Kigali in Rwanda

On top of traveling to Kigali minus most of their experienced arsenal including manager Mike Mutebi due to injury and Covid-19, KCCA's recent form has been wanting.


CAF Confederation Cup ,

Wednesday 23rd December 2020


AS Kigali vs KCCA FC| 4 pm (EAT) |

Kigali Stadium, Nyamirambo

Morley Byekwaso talking to Saddam Juma in a previous season|File/Courtesy.

Morley Byekwaso, the assistant manager for Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club will have to exhibit unusual tactics and techniques if his side is to register positive results from the CAF Confederation game against AS Kigali this evening.

KCCA FC plays the Rwandan side in the first leg of the First Round of the competition at the Kigali Stadium, Nyamirambo.

The Kasasiro boys have great memories of the stadium. Why? It’s where they beat Tanzania’s Azam 1-0 to win the CECAFA Clubs Cup in 2019.
But this won’t be just good a reason enough to hope for the best.

On top of traveling to Kigali minus most of their experienced arsenal including manager Mike Mutebi due to injury and Covid-19, KCCA’s recent form has been wanting.
Before departure, the 13 times league winners had suffered two back to back losses against rivals SC Villa (away) and URA (home) in a space of four days.

The Kasasiro boys traveled to Kigali, Rwanda on Sunday 20th December and were tested for Covid-19 and quarantined for close to 48 hours as per the host nation guidelines.

After leaving the quarantine center, the contingent were subjected to another Covid-19 test before the final training session.

This left coach Morley Byekwaso and his boys time for just a single training session held on Tuesday 22nd December at Kigali Stadium, Nyamirambo, the venue for the game.

Despite going through all that, Byekwaso is optimistic about his side’s chances of winning or picking a point in the worst case scenario. “We are prepared to take on AS Kigali. We want to pick a decent result in Rwanda.

We have a team that can help us compete and get us the result we want,” Byekwaso told KCCA FC Media.

He added, “we will not have a number of our players because of COVID but we have to work with what we have.
We are here to play and defend the badge.”

Byekwaso’s opposite number Eric Nshimiyimana too told Uganda Radio Network (URN) on phone early this week that they are determined to pick a comfortable win at home before traveling to Kampala for the return leg between January 5-6, 2021.

Some of the players who did not travel with the team|Courtesy.

Nshimiyimana said he would make sure they use home ground advantage before the return leg.

“I know KCCA FC is a good side. But we have managed to watch several videos of their matches and know how we shall approach the match,” the former Rwandan International told URN.

AS Kigali qualified for this round of the competition after eliminating Orapa FC from Botswana. After losing the first leg 2-1 away, AS Kigali won 1-0 to sail through on an away goal’s rule.

On the other hand, KCCA were among the teams which received a bye to the next round of Africa’s second tier club competition having accumulated ranking points over a period of time.

The game against AS Kigali on Wednesday will be the first CAF game for the Ugandan side in over a year having lost away against Algeria’s Paradou AC on 3rd November 2019.

Meanwhile, AS Kigali were knocked out of the Confederation Cup in the first round by another Ugandan side, Proline FC in the same season.

Due to the absence of a number of senior players, KCCA will now have put trust in the youngsters.
Bright Anukani, Sadat Anaku and Steven Sserwadda are all available for selection while defender Fillbert Obenchan could earn a starting place in the team after his impressive display as a substitute against SC Villa last week.

Another option will be academy graduate Moses Aliro who returns to the team after missing the last two league games against SC Villa and URA FC due to injury.

Others are Teenagers Kafumbe Joseph and Kizza Bukenya fresh from the AFCON U20 qualifiers in Tanzania.

Former KCCA soccer academy captain Musa Ramathan could also feature on Wednesday on a ground from which he won his first silver ware for KCCA FC last year in July in CECAFA Club Championship.

Upfront, forward Samuel Ssenyonjo will be hoping to leave a mark on his CAF debut for KCCA FC. The teenager has 8 goals in 9 games for KCCA FC.

Despite being sidelined for a long time, defender John Revita will be expected to provide experienced cover in front of any of the junior goalkeepers that must stand in between the posts. The team travelled without Captain and first choice goalie Charles Lukwago who was among those that had their Covid-19 results return positive.

Match Officials:

Mohammed Mohammed Eltreefe – ( Referee) – Sudan

Ahmed Nagel Subahi – (1st Assistant Referee) – Sudan

Omar Hamid Ahmed – (2nd Assistant Referee) – Sudan

Mohammed Hussein – (4th Official) – Sudan

Mustapha Samugabo – (Commissioner) – Burundi

Mwanza Jose Nyamusore – (COVID -19 Officer) Rwanda