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LIVE: KCCA humbles Egypt’s Al-Ahly

The teams walk onto the pitch. PHOTO @bamulanzeki

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Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Saddam Juma snatched a 75th minute goal and Timothy Awanyi converted a late penalty as Uganda’s KCCA FC humiliated eight-time winners Al Ahly 2-0  at Namboole in a Champions League tie on Tuesday.

KCCA coach Mike Mutebi had predicted a flow of goals, but when halftime ended 0-0 and it looked that is how the final whistle would find it – Sadam Juma struck.

Charles Lukwago earlier saved a 26th minute penalty to keep the score goal-less at half time in the Group A CAF Champions league match in which the Egyptians had a lot of ball possession, but failed to crack the Ugandans.

It is a ‘new’ ground, new CAF territory but KCCA FC coach Mutebi had said pre-match, confident his side can get their first points of the CAF Champions League.

Led by Muhammed Shaban and teenage prodigy Allan Okello, KCCA FC were confident they would maintain their perfect home record in continental competition this season.

” I have a group of players who are quite expressive. Fans should expect a very entertaining game at the Mandela National Stadium on Tuesday. I do not care if we win 4-3,” said Mutebi hours to the match.

Both clubs began their Group A campaigns disappointingly with eight-time winners Ahly held 0-0 at home by Esperance of Tunisia and Kampala losing 1-0 away to Township Rollers of Botswana.  Tehy will be equally desperate for CAF Champions League matchday 2 points when they clash Tuesday.

Starting line up
Lukwago; Akwany (C), Okot, Kavuma, Kizza, Kirabira, Sadam, Poloto, Okello, Nunda, Shaban

Standings    P W D L  F A PTS

Esperance     2 1  1 0   4 1 4

KCCA            2  1  0 1  2 1 3

Rollers         2  1  0 1   2  4 3

Ahly             2  0  1 1   0 2 1

Group A
The Kampala-Ahly clash in Namboole is a potential cracker as the Egyptians dare not lose while the Ugandans must win to be realistic contenders for a top-two finish and a quarter-finals spot.

El Badry has kept faith in young South African Phakamani Mahlambi, including him in the squad after he squandered several good chances to break the deadlock against Esperance.

The Tunisians will lack injured striker Taha Yassine Khenissi at home to Rollers in Rades, but it would be a shock if the two-time champions failed to secure full points.

Mutebi giving instructions to Ivan Ntege before the latter was introduced in the CAF Confederation tie against Club Africain at Lugogo last year. He has since moved to Botswana, for Township Rollers who edged KCCA 1-0 in the Group’s opening match. PHOTO KCCA MEDIA

Group B
TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo made a fantastic start to what is widely regarded as the toughest group by hammering Entente Setif of Algeria 4-1 in Lubumbashi.

Rapidly improving Congolese Ben Malango bagged a brace and will need close policing in Morocco from Difaa el Jadida, who exceeded expectations by holding Mouloudia Alger 1-1 in Algeria.

Setif host Mouloudia in an Algerian derby and another loss for the two-time champions would all but end their challenge just a third of the way through the mini-league phase.

Group C
While it is dangerous to assume any fixture is a foregone conclusion, it would be a sensation if defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco fail to defeat visiting Port of Togo.

Wydad drew 1-1 at 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa through an Ismail el Haddad header while Port were the only matchday 1 losers at home, falling 2-1 to Horoya of Guinea.

Horoya host Sundowns in Conakry on May 22 as the Pretoria club play Lionel Messi-inspired Spanish league and cup winners Barcelona in a friendly in Johannesburg this Wednesday.

Group D
Etoile Sahel of Tunisia and Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland can move three points clear of Zesco United of Zambia and Primeiro Agosto of Angola if they use home advantage to maximum effect.

Swallows created a stir last year by making the last 16 of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup and host Primeiro in Manzini having come from behind to hold Zesco 1-1 in Ndola.

There was a similar scoreline in Luanda between Primeiro and Sahel, whose 4-1 thrashing by Club Africain in the Tunisian FA Cup final at the weekend was a bitter blow before hosting Zesco.

Prize money
Champion US$2.5 million
Runner-up US$1.25 million
Semi-finalists US$0.8 million
Quarter-finalists US$0.65 million
3rd in group stage US$0.55 million
4th in group stage US$0.45 million

Standings    P W D L  F A PTS

KCCA           2  1   0  1  2 1  3

Rollers         1  1   0  0  1 0  3

Esperance    1  0   1  0  0 0  1

Ahly             2   0   1 1  0 2  1

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