KCCA FC creative midfielder Tom Matsiko is suspended for the second leg CAF Champions League first round tie clash against Nkana Red Devils from Zambia but he is confident that the Ugandan league champions will overcome the South Africans on Saturday at Namboole.
Despite having Matsiko sent off in the second half, KCCA FC managed to secure a credible stalemate in the first round for a second bookable offense after he made a bad foul and Shardreck Mushonda and speaking to Red Pepper Online Sport on Thursday evening he backed his team mates to do well in his absence.
I know we will win the game; I will not be playing but there’s no pressure. We have a great team and good players and I am sure they will do the job, he said.
Besides his suspension, ttacking midfielder Steven Bengo, who is yet to feature for the club in their continental campaign joins leftback Habib Kavuma on the sidelines.
And now all KCC need is 0-0 result here to progress. Yet, when one recalls how KCC struggled against El-Merreikh in the return leg despite carrying a 2-0 lead from the first leg, Nkana can’t be written off.
George Nsimbe, the KCCA FC coach, also preached lots of caution ahead of the game.
“We need to be very careful come Saturday and not get into a scenario where we suffer defeat like we did against El Merreikh.
“We need to defend with lots of caution,” he added.
The pride of no Zambian club ever being knocked out from a Caf Club competition by a Ugandan side will be at stake. Inevitably they will get out of the blocks early to try and nullify KCC’s advantage.
But this could work to their detriment too as they will leave spaces behind for Nsimbe’s side to exploit, hence making this an open and exciting clash. And going by the first leg, Nkana isn’t so solid defensively, which makes them fallible.
Nkana’s 33 man contingent has 18 members of the playing staff arrived at Entebbe international Airport on Wednesday at 8.30 am aboard Ethiopia Airlines before heading to Hotel Africana where they are residing.
Today they had their first session at Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo but will get the feel of Namboole turf on Friday evening as per FIFA and CAF regulations.
Star players Ronald Kampamba, Shadreck Musonda and Simon Bwalya are expected to lead the visitors in search of goals.