KCCA assured of at least Shs 500 million after ejecting El-Masry
KCCA defy tough weather, partisan crowd and underdog status to eliminate Egyptian giants and book a place in the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup.
National champions KCCA FC are in dreamland after defying odds to eject Egyptian side El-Masry on Saturday night.
Few could have envisaged the outcome when the two sides were drawn together, given Ugandan clubs’ dismal history against North African sides. But Mike Mutebi’s side had a different script and secured a 1-0 first leg win in Kampala a week earlier.
Still, it took sheer grit, determination and belief in the return leg in Ismailia for KCCA to withstand El-Masry pressure reduce the hosts to a solitary goal, thereby forcing a penalty shoot-out.
Goalie Benjamin Ochan was the hero of the night after stopping two penalty kicks before converting the decisive spot-kick to send the Ugandan side into uncharted territory.
Therefore, KCCA becomes the first Ugandan side to qualify for the group stage of a continental competition and will be assured of at least $150,000 (roughly Shs 500 million) even if they finish bottom of their group.
The draw for the group stage will be held on April 26 at the Caf headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Sixteen teams are drawn into four groups of four.
Each group is played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advance to the quarterfinals.