CAF Champions League
KCCA v El Merreikh – Today, kick-off at 4pm
Kampala City Capital Authority FC will be hoping to continue their adventure in Africa as they look to put to bed El Merriekh of Sudan after holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg in CAF Champions League Preliminary match to be played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.
Any draw or a loss by 1-0 would see KCCA qualify for the next stage.
The 2012-13 Ugandan champions who are expected to rely a lot on the home support have set a mission to get early goals. “Scoring an early goal against El Merreikh will kill them off and it’s what we shall go for,” said KCCA FC Coach George Nsimbe.
Interestingly Nsimbe was in-charge of the same team in 2009 when the Sudan giants beat them 1-0 in Kampala, before the two sides settled for a 1-all draw in Khartoum. Herman Wasswa, top scorer in the Ugandan League last season and Tony Odur, who bagged the goals in the first leg, will be out to justify that it was no fluke in Khartoum last weekend.
Nsimbe will also welcome back attacking midfielder Steven Bengo who missed the first leg with a muscle strain. “We shall approach the game like it’s a final because we know what to expect,” said goalkeeper Salim Jamal.
El Merreikh confident
Sudanese giants El Merreikh have promised to turn the tables with Head Coach Michael Kruger vowing that they are not in Uganda for a holiday, but to get a result that will get them to the next stage.
“We played well in Khartoum, but were caught on counter attacks,” explained Kruger.
The Sudanese giants will rely on stars like Ahmed El Basha, Ramathan Alagab and Ragel Abdalla who scored in their 4-0 League victory over Al Ahli Khartoum on Tuesday.
Kruger, who has won two Africa Cup winners Cups with two Egyptian teams Arab Contractors and El Masry before, said he is aware it will be a tough game. “If KCCA FC could win in Khartoum, we can also win here,” he added.
The Sudan team that lost to European champions Bayern Munich last month in an international friendly in Doha, Qatar, needs to beat the home side 3-0 to qualify for the next stage.
The game will be handled by Burundi’s Thierry Nkurunziza, while Ramdahan Nijimbere and Herve Kakunze will be the first and second assistants.
If KCCA FC eliminates El Merreikh they will face the winner between Zambia’s Nkana Red Devils and Mbabane Swallows.
Students in uniform have free entry into Namboole. Tickets will go for sh10,000 in the main stands and sh20,000 and 50,000 in the pavilion and VIP section respectively.
KCCA Probable X1: Jamal Salim (GK), Sakka Mpiima, Habib Kavuma, Fahad Kawooya (c), Ayub Kiiza, Ivan Ntege, Hakim Senkumba, Brian Majwega, Herman Wasswa and Tony Odur.