CAF Champions League
First round, first leg: Nkana 2 KCCA 2
Return leg: March 8, Namboole
KCCA FC striker Tony Odur is practically in cloud nine following the side showed true fighting spirit when they held hosts Nkana Red Devils to a 2-all draw in the first leg of the CAF Champions League tie at the Arthur Davies Stadium.
Odur who has been summoned to the Uganda Cranes squad to face former African champions Zambia on Wednesday openly congratulated his teammates for making his day a sweet one in an online chat with RED Pepper Online edition.
“I am overwhelmed with excitement and I want to say hearty congratulations to KCCA and my teammates for their hard result far away from home,” Odur said.
“They’ve made my day a blessed one and have offered me another rare opportunity to contribute my own quota to the side’s campaign in the return leg next weekend.”
The draw has left the Zambian club with another mountain to climb in the CAF Champions League just two weeks after overcoming a 2-0 away deficit against Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland to advance 5-4 on aggregate.
Nkana started off strongly against KCCA with some flowing football in the opening 10 minutes of the match. The major highlight in that period was midfielder Claude Bwalya’s volley in the 6th minute that was saved by Omar Magoola.
However, it was KCCA who stunned the home side in the 12th minute through Tony Odur who blasted in an unstoppable shot to beat Nkana goalkeeper Rabson Muchelenganga.
Nkana were handed a lifeline in the 34th minute after Ivan Ntege handled the ball in the area. Ronald Kampamba then stepped up to take the resultant penalty but his casual kick was saved by Magoola.
But the Zambia striker redeemed himself almost immediately with a clinical finish from close range after Chishimba rolled the ball into his path to see the two sides go 1-1 into the break.
Nkana then extended their lead in the 50th minute through Shadreck Musonda who fired-in a thunderbolt shot from an acute angle to put the home side 2-1 up.
Eight minutes later, KCCA were reduced to ten men after Tom Masiko was sent off for a second bookable offence.
However, Nkana were still second best against KCCA who defended in numbers and easily punched holes in the hosts’ backline on the counterattack with Majwega especially unstoppable every time he raced up the left flank.
Majwega’s hard work paid off in the 65 minute when he converted a penalty after Chishimba handled the ball in the area to see the two sides finish 2-2 with as KCCA finished strongly despite their player deficit.
The return leg will be played on March 8th at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. To reach the first round KCCA FC shocked Sudan champions 3-2 on goal aggregate, while Nkana needed to be at their best to humble Mbabane Swallows 5-2 and qualify on a 5-4 aggregate.