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Daunting task for KCCA, Proline

KCCA players train in Algeria

KCCA players train in Algeria

Uganda’s Caf Confederation Cup representatives KCCA FC and Proline FC must avoid defeat when they take to the field this Sunday (November 3) against Algeria’s Paradou AC and Libya’s Al-Nasr respectively.

Both teams earned draws in the first-leg games played on October 27.  Proline held Al-Nasr two-all in Egypt while KCCA settled for a goal-less stalemate with Paradou at the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo.

To qualify for the next round of the competition, Proline need at least goalless draw or any win. For KCCA, any draw with goals will suffice. And victory for coach Mike Mutebi’s side will be icing on the coach. At stake is Shs 1 billion for whoever progresses into the group stages of the tournament.

It will, however, be a daunting task for KCCA. The fixture looks evenly-poised going into the return leg game. After failing to score at home, KCCA faces a tall order against Paradou in Algeria. But Mutebi believes his boys can do it. “If you are good enough, you can score from anywhere,” he said.

In their previous games away from home, KCCA scored in Nambia during the 2-3 loss to African Stars. In 2018, they also scored in Egypt in the 3-4 defeat to Al-Ahly and in Tunisia during the 2-3 loss to Esperance.

That said, in 2017, KCCA lost all their fixtures in North Africa. The Ugandan champions fell to FUS Rabat in Morocco (0-3), Club Africain in Tunisia (1-4) and El-Masry (0-1) in Egypt. On the other hand, Proline, who are in their debut season on the continental, will draw courage from their good home record, so far. In their previous two home games, they beat Malawi’s Masters Security FC 3-0 and edged Rwanda’s AS Kigali 2-1 at Lugogo.

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