Kampala Capital City Authority have a tough test against hosts CNaPS Sports of Madagascar in the Caf Champions League first leg tie on Saturday.
KCCA will step into Mahamasina Municipal Stadium in Antananarivo, aware that they will be facing a formidable side that knocked their neighbors, Kenyan champions, Gor Mahia at this level of the same competition three years ago.
Despite reaching the Group stages of Caf Confederation Cup last year, the Ugandan side, who camped in Kenya last January as part of their preparation for this tie, will face a worthy opponent that has won the Madagascar title six times in a row in the recent years.
KCCA coach, Mike Mutebi will rely on his young squad, especially Uganda Premier League sensational midfielder Allan Okello. Okello scored in KCCA’s only goal in a win against Kenyan Premier League side Tusker in a friendly, to cement Mutebi's faith in him.
Mutebi will definitely expect a lot from Okello despite his young age. Mutebi remains upbeat despite the fact that he will be missing up to six key players, who helped KCCA reach the group stages in the second tier competition last year.
“Our players need to understand the game, play the game, outscoring the opponent and the good results will come.
“We had good build ups against KJT and Police which gave us the picture of how the team stands. We shall not divert from the traditional way of how we play.”
Among the big names out of KCCA ranks are Geoffrey Sserunkuma, who scored six goals last year, Ivan Ntege, Vincent Kayizzi, Brian Majwega, Isaac Muleme Joseph Ochaya and goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan.
But of great concern to Mutebi is the team’s away record that saw them pick no single win on the road last year. “We shall still emphasize the offensive style of play with a purpose to score away before the second round comes at home.”
The winner of the two-legged contest will face either Ethiopia’s St George or South Sudan’s Al Salam Wau.
KCCA PROBABLE LINE-UP: Charles Lukwago (GK), Denis Okot (c), Habib Kavuma, Timothy Awany, Mustapha Kizza, Isaac Kirabira, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Allan Okello, Paul Mucureezi, Muhammad Shaban and Derrick Nsibambi.