KCCA FC writes history as they not only qualified for the CAF Champions’ League group stages for the first time but became the first Ugandan side to do so.
Muhammad Shaban’s second half header assisted by habitual suspect Mustapha Kizza gave KCCA command until the wake of the visitors at the last ten minutes unfortunately it didn’t materialize for Pinto’s boys.
Following the goalless draw in Addis Abba, both sides had no option but to attack and indeed attacked except fate had it for KCCA.
The first goal chance appeared for KCCA through Paul Mucureezi’s cross to Shaban who missed as St. George goal keeper Robert Odongkara intervened at the 8th minute.
The end of first half was hilarious and breathtaking following a free kick for KCCA close to the edge of the box in which Allan Okello took but got blocked by the barricade, the teenager and Kizza who were set for the set pieces petitioned for a penalty which petition fell on non-chalant referee Andrew Juma Otieno ears.
Meanwhile in a split of a second, during a counter attack the visitors had dominated the final third of the hosts and before noticing Charles Lukwago was beaten and left towards the edge of the box except Kizza came for his rescue.
The beginning of the second half was when the difference between the two was made by Shaban’s 46th minute header.
KCCA was desperate to make history and Mike’s faith in Shaban paid off
KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi who is a big admirer of St. George passing football in the post-match conference made it known that both sides were going to attack however believed his lads would take chances of the loopholes his opponent would create during their attacking status.
Intentionally the 47 years old tactician went for a 3-5-2 formation, fielding experienced Okot in the back three with common faces, Timothy Awany and Kavuma.
In the mid-field five, he had Kizza to the left midfield, Paul Mucureezi to the right midfield Okello, Kirabira, and Muzamil Mutyaba in the central as Nsibambi and Shaban in the striking force to increase conversion chances.
As stated by him, the goal drought for Nsibambi and Shaban would end and surely one of his predictions came to pass.
Statistics shows KCCA FC registered nine corner kicks whereas St. George had four depicting how the hosts spend much time in their opponent’s territory than their opponents in their territory.
That as well means, KCCA attacked more than their opponent although St. George had a beautiful passing ways that suffocated the hosts especially in the last ten minutes, an equalizer by the trailing side wouldn’t surprise.
In the previous edition of the preliminary stage, KCCA squandered the chance after playing one all draw at home following a 2-1 defeat in South Africa but this Kizza-Shaban orchestrated win takes them to their “promise land” besides the 550,000 USD gain CAF graces group contenders.