KCCA 2 Club Africain 1
Rivers Utd (Nigeria) vs FUS Rabat (Morocco)
KCCA showed they will have a big say in Group A of the CAF Confederaton Cup Tuesday by rallying from a goal down to shoot down giants Club Africain of Tunisia at Lugogo.
Derrick Nsibambi put the Kampala side level on the stroke of halftime, before Tom Masiko produced some second half magic to secure the lead, and win.
Mokhtar Belkhither had given the former African champions the lead early in the game at the Philip Omondi Stadium.
The result gave Mike Mutebi’s KCCA FC their first points of the group, and put them level with Club Africain and FUS Rabat who all have a win each. This is the first time any Ugandan club is competing at the group stages.
KCCA, newly crowned Ugandan champions, return to continental action on match-day 3, June 2-4 when they take on the Nigerian side Rivers, as FUS battles Africain.
Impressive home form in Africa gives Nigerian club Rivers United hope of getting off the bottom of the table. The Port Harcourt outfit host Group A pacesetters FUS Rabat of Morocco Wednesday in a must-win match for the west Africans.
— Andrew Mwanguhya (@TheLoveDre) May 23, 2017
@AshabaA @qataharraymond @CliveKyazze @JuliusKabug @AminahBabirye @Ssewaivo Today’s performance was superb. In a way we avenged the ghost of Club Africain that has been hovering over UG football for long 👊🏿
— Patrick Mugumya (@mugumya) May 23, 2017
KCCA FC XI: Benjamin Ochan, Habib Kavuma, Timothy Awany, Tom Masiko, Derrick Nsibambi, Paul Musamali, Denis Okot, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Isaac Kirabira, Denis Rukundo, Allan Okello (68′ Paul Mucureezi)
Club Africain XI: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Bilel Halifa, Ahmed Khelil (69′ Wisen Ben Yahya), Nader Ghendri, Ali AbdI (57′ Oussama Garradi) Mokhtar Belkhither, Slimen Kchouk, Ibrahim Chenihi, Ghazi Ayadi, Jaziri Fakherddine, Seif Touka, Saber Khalifa
Kampala Capital City Authority (UGA) 2 (Nsibambi 45, Masiko 63) Club Africain (TUN) 1 (Belkhiter 20)
At Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Rivers Utd (NGR) v FUS Rabat (MAR) (1500 GMT)
P W D L F A Pts
FUS 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Africain 2 1 0 1 4 3 3
KCCA 2 1 0 1 2 4 3
Rivers 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
Home form gives Nigerian club hope as KCCA seek first group stage points
Johannesburg, South Africa | Impressive home form in Africa gives Nigerian club Rivers United and Uganda’s KCCA FC hope of getting back on track this week in the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Port Harcourt outfit host Group A pacesetters FUS Rabat of Morocco Wednesday in a must-win match for the west Africans.
United, a 2015 merger between Snarks and former Confederation Cup runners-up Dolphins, scored nine unanswered goals in three home CAF matches this year.
They struck four against Real Bamako of Mali and three against Al Merrikh of Sudan in Champions League qualifiers.
Demoted to the second-tier Confederation Cup, Rivers maintained a perfect home record with a 2-0 play-off victory over Rayon Sport of Rwanda.
Surprise 2010 Confederation Cup winners FUS are likely to be more stubborn defensively than the other three African visitors to Port Harcourt.
But Rivers captain and defender Festus Austine believes his side will not only beat the Moroccans, but go on to lift the trophy.
“Our aim is to become the first Nigerian winners of the Confederation Cup,” he told reporters. “We are good enough to achieve that goal.”
Austine and fellow defender Ifeanyi Nweke watched a 3-1 group-opening loss at Club Africain of Tunisia from a stand this month due to suspensions.
Some of the wounds suffered by Rivers in the match were self-inflicted with Togolese Joseph Douhadji conceding an own-goal and Emeka Ogbugh blazing a penalty over the crossbar.
“Those mistakes are history,” stressed Austine. “All we are thinking about is how to defeat FUS and get back into contention for first place.”
Dreaded Club Africain
In the same group, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), the first Ugandan qualifiers for a CAF club group stage, will be seeking their first three points.
Beaten 3-0 at FUS, KCCA hope for goals from leading scorer Geoffrey Sserenkuma when they host Club Africain.
Club Africain are better known in East Africa for their 7-3 aggregate (6-2, 1-1) humiliation of then Ugandan giants SC Villa in the two-leg final of the the 1991 African Club Championships.
Like FUS, title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and Zesco United of Zambia are seeded to win groups.
Record three-time Confederation Cup winners Sfaxien cannot have been happy with a 1-0 Group B win at home to outsiders Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland.
They face what is likely to be a tougher task Tuesday away to Mouloudia Alger of Algeria, who began with a 1-1 draw at Platinum Stars of South Africa.
Boosted by the return from Angola of former star Tresor Mputu, Mazembe tackle Horoya in Guinea having opened with a 2-0 Group D win over Mounana of Gabon.
Now 31, Mputu achieved a remarkable feat in 2007 by finishing leading scorer in the Champions League and Confederation Cup.
Group C favourites Zesco take a multi-national squad including Kenyans David Owino and Jesse Were to Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan.