Total CAF CAF Champions League
Saturday 18th March 2017
Phillip Omondi stadium 4pm
Ugandan clubs have had a poor record in continental engagements in history failing to reach the latter stages that have the money bracket.
However, ailment http://cippico.com/wp/wp-includes/theme-compat/footer.php KCCA FC have a chance to make the dream a reality as they take on Africa’s club champions Mamelodi Sundowns this Saturday at Phillip Omondi stadium.
The two sides face off in the return leg of the 2017 Total CAF champions league with Sundowns carrying a 2-1 advantage from the first leg.
The Masandawana got a slim advantage winning 2-1 at the Lucas Moripe stadium in Pretoria, http://cizgisactasarim.com/wp-includes/class-wp-editor.php South Africa last week.
KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi is confident his team has the ability to knock out the defending champions come Saturday.
“Our preparations have been smooth, the team is in a buoyant mood and the players have the self-belief to go and get the result we want,” he said during the pre-match press briefing on Friday.
“We shall give them the respect they deserve as champions but we are highly motivated to go make sure we get a good result,” Mutebi added.
Earlier in the week, Mutebi confessed this is his greatest game as a club manager in his career and he would want to be part of the history making squad.
“It is true, this is my biggest challenge at club level because I’m playing a defending champion but we know what is ahead of us and that even motivates us further,” he noted.
Should KCCA FC get a victory they want, they will become the first club from Uganda to make it into the group stages of the competition since the phase was introduced in 1997.
The Lugogo based side were under a similar situation in 2009 reaching the second round and were just one step away but fell to Sudan’s El Merrickh.
On the other hand, Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane is also confident his team will get a result that will see them advance.
“We carry a 2-1 win advantage and that puts them (KCCA FC) under pressure. But that doesn’t mean we came here to protect the result we got. We shall play our normal game and try to win,” said Mosimane.
There are no major injury concerns for the team with only long term absentees Jackson Nunda and Hassan Wasswa Dazo missing.
Midfielder Tom Masiko is back after shaking off an injury that saw him miss the first leg.
Influential play marker Khama Billiat is ruled out and didn’t travel with the team. Vilakazi Sibusiso who sustained an injury during the game against Polokwane City on Tuesday travelled with the team and has been training but still doubtful.
Goalkeeper Dennis Onyango is sidelined despite travelling with the team to Kampala.
The winner on aggregate after Saturday’s game will advance to the group stages.