Wednesday, January 6
*KCCA FC Vs AS Kigali – 4pm
- Gift Ali, Juma Balinya, Samson Kigozi and Hassan Musana are the key absentees
- The players who missed the trip to Rwanda for the first leg due to Covid19 return (they include Charles Lukwago, Brian Aheebwa, Keziron Kizito and Charles Lukwago among others)
- Defender Bishira Latif, Felix Ndekwe and Sudi Abdallah who had missed some games made the trip to Uganda
- The Club has confirmed that all the members of the 23-player contingent have returned negative results after Covid19 tests.
KCCA FC – Charles Lukwago, Musa Ramathan, Denis Iguma, Peter Magambo, Herbert Achai, Ashraf Mugume, Stefano Mazengo, Bright Anukani, Kezironi Kizito, Aheebwa, Sam Ssenyonjo
AS Kigali – Shamiru Bate, Hassan Rugirayabo, Christian Ishimwe, Emery Bayisenge, Hassan Karera, Eric Nsabimana, Rachidi Kalisa, Tumaini Ntamuhanga, Shaban Hussein Tshabalala, Hakizimana Muhadjiri, Abubaker Lawal
How To Watch – The second leg of the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup between KCCA FC and Associative Sportive de Kigali (AS Kigali) will be broadcast live on Sanyuka TV which can be accessed on StarTimes.
You can also follow radio Commentary on FUFA FM and Radio 4.
Live scores will be updated on our social media pages as the drama unfold at Kitende.
Preview: KCCA FC Face Huge Mountain To Climb
Its a big task ahead for Mike Mutebi’s charges who will have to score three unanswered goals to eliminate AS Kigali.
The Rwandan side were awarded a 2-0 win by CAF in the first leg game which was not played after KCCA FC failed to raise the the required number of players.
On flip side of the coin, a 2-0 loss is a result any KCCA FC fan should take and AS Kigali have all reasons to be sad as they could have fancied their chances to create more damage and win by a bigger scoreline as the Lugogo based club had not travelled with key players including a recognised goalkeeper and a team head coach.
KCCA had planned to improvise with defender Moses Aliro in goal.
There is no need to cry for spoilt milk. KCCA FC and AS Kigali have 90 minutes to make amends as a slot to the Play-off round is at stake.
A lot has not gone right for KCCA; they will be playing at St Mary’s Stadium Kitende which is home for their league rivals SC Vipers after their home ground MTN Omondi stadium Lugogo did not pass CAF requirements for a continental game.
In addition, the game will be played behind closed doors due to Covid19 guidelines and KCCA will have to do it without the 13th player – the supporters.
Any goal that the visitors score at any stage in the game, heightens KCCA FC’s initial target.
KCCA FC will bank on their experience in the tournament and will be buoyed by the fact that AS Kigali were eliminated by Uganda’s Proline FC out this competition last year, Proline fc has since been relegated to Big League (second division).
The Key Players To Watch
Brian Aheebwa (KCCA) – He has so far hit the ground running since joining this season from Mbarara City FC. The 22-year old striker has lived to the billing, scoring seven league goals in five games and will be seeking to make his CAF Confederation Cup debut with a statement. His chemistry with striking partner Sam Ssenyonjo has been admirable but its his position sense and ability to run behind opponents that has made his tick. The game comes a day after he was named the Uganda Premier league player of the month of December.
Abubaker Lawal (AS Kigali) – Whatever Aheebwa can do, Lawal can as well. He will be the target man for the visitors who are expected to sit at the back patiently and wait for their turn on the break. The former Nigerian U20 national team player is new at the club having signed this season. He scored the consolation as Kigali lost 2-1 to Orapa away to Botswana and later scored the all important goal at the death as Kigali turned the tables in the return leg at Amahoro Stadium to send them through to this stage. He scored seven goals for Nasarawa United last season before the Nigerian league was canceled after 18 goals due to Covid. The striker embodies the true definition of a goal poacher and ever hungry and ready to take in his prey.
The Stats in CAF Confederation Cup:
- Their last CAF Confederation Cup game was in November 2019 when they lost 4-1 to Paradou FC in Algeria having drawn goalless in the first leg.
- They were eliminated by Rwandan club APR 1-0 on aggregate in 2005 at the first round.
- They reached the group stages for the first time in 2017, and finished third in group A below Club Africain and FUS Rabat while Rivers United were bottom.
- KCCA FC have not conceded a goal at home in CAF Confederation Cup in their last three games ( 0-0 Paradou, 2-0 Otoho, 3-0 Mtibwa Sugar)
- They eliminated Botswana’s Orapa United, 2-2 on aggregate and qualified on away goals rule, to reach this stage
- They were eliminated by Ugandan club Proline FC 3-2 on aggregate. The first leg ended 1-1 in Kigali and Ivan Bogere scored twice at Lugogo in a game that ended 2-1.
- They have never reached the group stages of CAF Confederation Cup
- They lost 3-0 to Morocco’s Difaa on the road in 2014.
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