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Soccer. Brian Majwega in particular had pulverized the Sundowns right full back Anele Ngcongca with a sharp change of pace and trickery that left the visitors looking wobbly

KAMPALA.

KCCA coach Mike Mutebi spent the better part of his post-match press conference justifying his curious quick-fire second half substitutions.

Journalist after journalist sought his mind on why he introduced Sulaimon Akinyemi and Paul Musamali, the pair turning in ineffectual performances that sucked impetus out of the hosts.

KCCA went into the break in control of the tie having dominated the opening half and got the crucial strike they needed to be up on aggregate albeit via the away goal rule.
The Philip Omondi stadium was buzzing with activity with Mamelodi Sundowns looking rattled.

Brian Majwega in particular had pulverized the Sundowns right full back Anele Ngcongca with a sharp change of pace and trickery that left the visitors looking wobbly.

But the start of second half came with Mutebi’s substitutions that saw teenager Alan Okello and Paul Mucurezi exiting for Akinyemi and Musamali, changes that failed to get the desired impact on the team.
Sundowns in contrast introduced Anthony Laffor and it was the Liberian’s well struck goal that knocked out KCCA.
Majwega, now an inverted winger after being switched to the right on resumption, became insipid.

Mutebi, who had no kind words for Akinyemi after the game, blamed the failure of his replacements to execute their plays on ‘inexperience and a general lack of understanding of the game.’
That statement echoed his view after the first leg 1-0 victor over Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto. Mutebi deserves the glory for having taken KCCA this far on the continent. And back home, they remain favourites to defend their league crown.

But for how long will he lay blame on anyone but himself when results don’t go the right way?

After all he is the man employed to make the big calls. For most of the season, he has been spot-on with the big calls.
On Saturday, he got the key decisions wrong hard as he will not admit it.

mnananya@ug.nationmedia.com