Saturday, December 15
KCCA FC vs Mtibwa Sugar FC
KCCA FC coach Mike Mtibwa is confident that his side will ‘negotiate past’ Mtibwa to reach another phase of the Confederation cup.
KCCA FC will play host to visiting Tanzanian side Mtibwa Sugar FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.
The hosts will target maximum points to take first leg advantage before the sides meet again in Chamaza stadium in the return leg.
KCCA come into the Saturday clash at on the back of a 3-2 loss to Express FC in the league, and there is still a question of how the players will recover from this loss.
My players have motivated themselves, this is KCCA and they have to know what that means,” Mutebi started in a press conference held at Lugogo on Friday morning.
These players know that the tasks are bigger, they know where we are going and what our target is, we must win, because our minimum requirement is to reach the group stages, it will be a failed campaign if we don’t achieve that.”
KCCA boost much confidence thanks to the recent continent exploits that has seen the club reach the CAF Champions League group stages.
The hosts come into the game as favourites and will be the safer bet to edge this tie. However, Mutebi believes that it may not be a walk in the park.
He explained: “We are not playing minnows, we might have the pedigree but I believe that every team that has reached this stage has earned the right, they are here on merit and we will not underestimate them.”
“My players are ready, and I can assure you that I have enough in the armoury to negotiate past them. I am going to stick on playing pretty football because it’s what has taken us places.”
KCCA will miss out on Saddam Juma who is expected to be out for more than three months after he was stretchered off in an away loss to Express FC.
Julius Poloto and Bernard Muwanga are the other long term absentees that are still sidelined.
Mutebi added that their absence, especially that of Juma, can be looked as a blessing in disguise in the other way, as the team has got quality in the squad depth.