Ugandas representatives in the CAF competitions KCCA FC and Vipers SC take to the field this afternoon in crucial second round matches.
KCCA FC battling Sundowns in the first leg in Pretoria.
Uganda's representatives in the CAF competitions KCCA FC and Vipers SC take to the field this afternoon in crucial second round matches.
KCCA FC will play host to defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the Philip Omondi in the CAF Total Champions League , while Vipers SC are away to Platinum Stars FC of South Africa in the CAF Total Confederation Cup.
Mike Mutebi, KCCS FC's head coach told URN yesterday that his team is very ready to prove a point against the reigning champions. Sundowns won the first leg 2-1.
“The mood in the camp is positive but most importantly, the players have the self-belief that they have what it takes to knock out Sundowns. I'm confident that we can get the result we want because our style of play guarantees us to create chances and we shall create them. We only need to be effective and put them away,” he added.
First choice goalkeeper Benjamin also said it is time for them to write history and become the first Ugandan side to enter the Champions League group stage. “We have the ability to knock out Sundowns and be part of history. We know the challenge ahead of us, because we are facing the defending champions, but we are hungry to become the first Ugandan club to reach the group stages,” added Ochan who buried his father on Monday.
KCCA FC will hope that their leading marksman Geoffrey Sserunkuma who has netted three goals in each of the games in their CAF Champions League campaign gets his scoring touch again.
But the Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane who blamed his team's lack of effective finishing in the first leg said that they know what they want in this return leg and will go for it.
He said although the absence of injured players has taken a toll on them when they are busy with three competitions - the Absa Premiership, Nedbank Cup and the Champions League, they will work hard to get the result that takes them to the next round. Uganda Cranes first choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango said early in the week that he could be fit for the match for his South African team having been out injured for over two weeks.
While a 1-0 win can see KCCA FC make it to the lucrative group stage, a draw for Vipers SC in South Africa will see them qualify for the second round of the Confederations Cup where they were be one step away from the group stage.