Kampala. Matters of the head largely contributed to KCCA’s undoing as they surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose by a goal to Esperance of Tunisia last week.
And as the Ugandans face the same opponents in the Caf Champions League return leg tomorrow at Namboole, coach Mike Mutebi’s men will, more than anything, do with better mental fortitude.
“We have to concentrate until the final whistle,” admitted hard-tackling KCCA skipper Timothy Awany. “We lost concentration towards the end and gave them the opportunity to score that third goal.”
Actually, by then concentration had long deserted KCCA as they surrendered a two-goal lead after Jackson Nunda and an own goal had given the visitors a surprise 2-0 heads-up. “Going forward we have focused on improving in that area,” added Awany.
“We continue working hard and everyone is motivated to get the three points on Saturday.”
Make no mistake, Awany knows it will not be easy against a very experienced Esperance side, KCCA’s impressive home form notwithstanding.
“They are very experienced and they showed us that you can be two goals up or down but still remain calm. “We took that lesson home and right now we wouldn’t want to drop any more points. We want to win the game.” KCCC and Botswana’s Township Rollers, who face Al Ahly, are level on three points apiece in Group A.
The duo trail the Egyptians by one point and leaders Esperance by four with three group matches to go. The top two qualify for the quarterfinals.