KCCA unpredictably beat Al Ahly of Egypt 2-0 at the Mandela National Stadium in their second game of Group A CAF Champions League.
First half favored the African giants in terms of goal chances, possession and eventually quality of football displayed, credit to KCCA goalie Charles Lukwago for saving Walid Said Ebeid’s penalty and for coming out of zone to help his backline consisting of Mustafa Kizza, Denis Okot, Habib Kavuma and Timothy Awany in certain occasions.
Tables turned around in the second half as the least happened when KCCA pushed Hossam El Badry’s boys to the parameters consequently scooping two goals at the 73rd and 98th minute respectively through Sadam Juma and Timothy Awany.
KCCA skipper Awany made no mistake in converting a penalty awarded after Derrick Nsibambi was brought down in the box but a blockbuster by Sadam Juma before Awany’s goal will live in memories of spectators for long.
The KCCA midfielder, returned from injury and Mike Mutebi entrusted him based on experience to have his first full 90 minutes against eight time CCL champions. He didn’t disappoint as his right foot trigger from approximately 24 yards released a bullet that couldn’t be stopped by 29 year goal keeper Mohamed El Shenawy.
The former Vipers and Express player scored his first ever goal for KCCA in his debut during a continental engagement last season against FUS Rabat and has had goal drought in the domestic league this season coupled with injuries and bad days in the field, but his ability to show up in the continental games cannot be denied.
Asked what is between him and games of such caliber, Sadam Juma was unbelievable in his response.
“Like everyone, big games are for big players. So you need to turn up. If you’re given the chance and you’re playing one of the biggest clubs in Africa, you need to up your game. I’m not saying this is the only game I should be playing or only where I get my A game, but it’s where the team needs you much and then the quality and everything you possess, so you need to step up and you deliver for the club.”
KCCA lost their previous fixture to Township Rollers and the win graced by Juma and Awany against Al Ahly accumulates three points for them with an entitlement of the third position on the table.
Meanwhile following the defeat Coach El Badry resigned and leaves the 2013 winners of the title last on the table with a point collected from the draw against Esperance previously.
Esperance on the other side beat Township Rollers 4-1 to possess number one spot on the table with four points as the side from Botswana is positioned second with three points.