In Summary

A fourth goal in as many matches from the evergreen Geoffrey Sserunkuma as well as stellar performances from goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan and Brian Majwega looked to have given KCCA the edge.

KAMPALA.

It is said there is no substitute for experience. As Mike Mutebi and KCCA drop into the Caf Confederation Cup, there will be plenty of lessons learned.

For 45 minutes in the return leg against Caf Champions League holders Mamelodi Sundowns, KCCA looked on course to become the third side in four seasons to dump out the reigning champions before the group stages.

A fourth goal in as many matches from the evergreen Geoffrey Sserunkuma as well as stellar performances from goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan and Brian Majwega looked to have given KCCA the edge.
The latter’s pinpoint left wing cross bundled home on 31 minutes. That was however as good it got for the Ugandan champions.

Two curious substitutions at the start of the second half by coach Mike Mutebi, a change in approach and some bad defending then conspired to end KCCA’s journey with substitute Anthony Laffor delivering the hammer blow.

“As I said earlier KCCA is a good side. But when you decide to play the long ball you are making it easy for us. We kept the belief and I felt we would get that one chance,” Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane stated after the game.

While the South African side kept the belief, KCCA perhaps showed the unending loss of concentration that has for long dogged the Ugandan game in continental competitions.

With nine minutes left, Ochan got a hand to Tebogo Langerman’s cross with the ball falling in the path of Laffor.

The striker, benefitting from time offered to him at the far post had the time to beat Habib Kavuma before lashing in the equaliser.
“We made offensive substitutions and tried to kill the game in the opening 15 minutes,” said Mutebi in defense of his substitutions.
Paul Musamali and Sulaimon Akinyemi replaced youngster Allan Okello and Paul Mucureezi at the start of the second half but neither excelled.

“We must now reach the group stages of the Confederation Cup. We must continue playing on the continent is the only way we will learn,” added of the result that sent Sundowns in to the Caf Champions League groups stages.

essenono@ug.nationmedia.com