KCCA FC play their most important game in recent years tonight when they take on Club Africain in the Caf Confederation Cup. At stake for the Ugandan side is an unprecedented quarterfinal berth, reports JOHN VIANNEY NSIMBE.
Ugandan champions KCCA FC have an opportunity to break new ground tonight. Like they did a few weeks ago, when they completed their first domestic double triumph by beating Paidha Black Angels 2-0 in the Uganda Cup final, a point registered against Club Africain will guarantee KCCA $350,000 (Shs 1.2 billion).
However, it will take an incredible amount of character to succeed. KCCA manager Mike Mutebi is confident his players will accomplish the job.
“Being in this position is what we have worked for all along. And we have not got here by accident. It is these players that have done the business,” Mike Mutebi said before the team left for Tunis early this week.
Former SC Villa star Paul Mukatabala, who was in these make-or-break situations when the Jogoos reached two successive continental club finals in 1991 and 1992, concurs.
“At this juncture, the coach can only prepare the team tactically and encourage them. But players are the ones primed to do the job. That is where their character must show,” he says, adding that experienced players such as Benjamin Ochan and Geoffrey Sserunkuma should come to the fore.
Just the other week, KCCA players received close to Shs 200 million for their achievements thus far. A little more push for 90 minutes should bring more reward.