For KCCA, the mathematics going into Saturday’s CAF Confederation Cup game is straightforward.
The Kasasiro Boys must pull off a handsome winning margin to go past Tunisian side Abu Salim in their return leg at the weekend. Having lost 1-3 in the first leg, Sergio Traguil’s team must play a near-perfect game to give themselves a chance of advancement.
Keeping a clean sheet will be necessary, but more important will be how they take care of the chances that will fall their way. A 2-0 victory would put KCCA through on away goals. Should KCCA win 3-1, the match will be settled via post-match penalties.
The match will be played at St Mary’s Kitende, Vipers’ home ground, because KCCA’s Omondi stadium doesn’t meet CAF stadia standards. It means that KCCA will possibly have to make do with diminished numbers in the terraces, given the differences in proximity between Lugogo and Kitende.
The one thing that will go KCCA’s way is that Kitende’s turf is artificial, like theirs at Lugogo. That could be key to their fortunes especially since Abu Salim SC play on natural grass.
KCCA, who suffered a 0-1 defeat to BUL in their opening match of the season, will meanwhile be keen to get their Uganda Premier League campaign going when they host Maroons at home in a night fixture on Tuesday.
Under interim coach Jackson Mayanja, they lost the title on goal difference last season and the club is aware of the importance of building early momentum in a season their rivals Vipers have strengthened formidably.
The Lugogo-based side has confirmed the return of Mustapha Kizza, who is back at the club for the third time after having short but futile stints in professional football in North America and Europe.
CAF CONFEDERATION CUP
Saturday, Sept 30@4pm: KCCA v Abu Salim - Kitende