Thursday, August 5
*Azam FC 1-0 Messager Ngozi FC
*KMKM 0-1 KCCA FC
Herbert Achai scored the only goal as KCCA FC kept their CECAFA Kagame Cup defense hopes alive with a hard fought win against Zanzibar’s KMKM.
Achai, put through on goal, showed calmness and composure to squeeze an effort at near post in the 21st minute.
Julius Poloto was denied by the crossbar and KCCA FC fluffed many chances including an indirect freekick inside the box but later held on for the much needed victory.
New signing Yasser Mugerwa had a cameo appearance when he came on for Gift Ali in the 89th minute while Ali Mwirusi was outstanding in goal with a clean sheet.
The win, off the back of their opening 2-0 loss to Azam FC, puts KCCA FC in second place of Group B with three points and will look to seal a place in the semis on Saturday against Messanger Ngozi of Burundi.
Improved KCCA FC Persevere
This was an improved performance from Monday’s loss but coach Morley Byekwaso surely knows that this team is still a long way from where he needs them to be.
The gaffer revised his tactics and notably went with a four-man defence on the day.
The midfield played with a lot of liberty but Byekwaso’s biggest worry should be the inability of his team to create chances for striker Brian Aheebwa.
KCCA were handed an early golden chance from a close freekick but the day’s captain Poloto shot direct at the Keeper in the second minute.
Bright Anukani had his header cleared off the line before Achai broke free for the opener.
It was an end to end affair from then till the long break.
From the dressing room, KCCA FC continued to show more hunger and almost doubled the lead when Majwega went for power from a tight angle but his effort was kept out. It was a good build up that was started by Poloto who cut from inside to find Anukani in the middle who laid it for the former URA FC winger on the left.
Aheebwa had a penalty call denied, but referee instead awarded them with an indirect freekick inside the box – With all KMKM players sent on their goal line, Gift Ali flicked for Majwega who sent his rocket over the bar from close range.
Poloto headed on the crossbar, and the ball after ricocheting from the woodwork, hit at the defender and almost crossed the line before a one hand save from the keeper denied KCCA FC their second.
Substitute Charles Lwanga forced the keeper into a reflex save after a swift turn into the area.
KMKM Go Down Fighting
A loss is the worst result KMKM deserved after that scintillating performance.
It will be a bitter pill to swallow for a side that threw everything they had to KCCA FC.
After going down by Achai’s goal, KMKM had about three back-to-back chances to bring the game level; Abdul-rahman Othman Ali long range drive was kept out by goalkeeper Ali Mwirusi, Mohamed Said was also denied by the shot stopper before he hit the inside of the post.
Salum Akida Shukuru slid in to meet a cross but his attempt was way off the target and later, they were denied by Igume who cleared Abdukl-Rahman header almost on the line.
Ibrahim Khamis had a late chance but his header from a corner went across the goal line with a keeper rooted to his line.
With just a point, KMKM will need maximum points against Azam FC (who is already through) this Saturday have a chance of reaching the knockout.
KMKM FC XI – Nassor Abdulla Nassor, Hafidh Mohammed Ali, Mwinyi Haji Mgwali, Richard Joviti John, Ibrahim Abdallah Hamad, Ibrahim Khamis Khatibu, Samir Yahya Said, Shaka Said Mwinyi, Abdul-Rahman Ali Othman, Mohammed Said Mohamed, Salum Akida Shukuru
KCCA FC XI – Ali Mwirusi, Musa Ramathan, Herbert Achayi, Peter Magambo, Denis Iguma, Gift Ali, Ashraf Mugume, Brian Majwega, Brian Aheebwa, Bright Anukani, Julius Poloto.