Despite losing the return leg 1-2 to El Merriekh Namboole, Kampala City Council Football Club advanced to the first round of the 2014 Orange Caf Champions league on a 3-2 aggregate.

Tony Odur scored the lone goal for KCC FC but Ahmed Elbasha and Mohammed Traore replied for the Sudan side. The win was however not enough for Michael Kruger’s side who had lost the first leg 0-2 in Khartoum in the first leg a week ago.

Kawowo Sports’ Ismael Kiyonga caught the return leg at Namboole and rates each of the KCC FC players that took to the field.

Jamal Salim 6.0: An imposing figure in goal but his mishandling of a feeble shot in the first half easily opened the score for the hosts. His collection of crosses was okay but his ball distribution wanting. He had no chance on both goals conceded but saved a Mohammed Traore penalty though he could do little on the return ball.

Sakka Mpiima 5.0: Left with freedom to roam the right flank as El Merriekh didn’t launch many attacks via the left wing but wasn’t good going forward.

Habib Kavuma 4.0: Gave away the penalty in the second half. Allowed so many crosses into the area from his side. 

Fahad Kawooya 6.0: He should have done better to close down the opponents on the two occasions his side conceded but a good performance on the day.

Ibrahim Kizza 6.0: Dominated aerially and won many balls off El Merriekh attackers. He should have done better to close opponents down on both goals his side conceded. 

Ivan Ntege 6.5: Kept his discipline and the team’s shape in the heart of the midfield, rarely wasting possession.

Gaddafi Kiwanuka 5.5: Tidied up possession efficiently and didn’t suffer as much torment at the hands of Shimilis Bekele; the El Merriekh midfield maestro. 

Tom Masiko 5.0: Wasted the game’s best opportunity to kill off the game in the second half but put up a decent performance in midfield.

Herman Wasswa 5.0: Not nearly as influential as he was in the first game in what was a disappointing outing. No consistency to his play on the night but won a few corners for KCC FC. Later withdrawn for Michael Birungi. 

Tony Odur 7.0: His trickery and close ball control caused the El Merriekh defence problems, and he took his goal calmly. He was KCC FC’s best player on the day.

William Wadri 4.0: Could not find the space he needed to truly affect the game and only flickered as an attacking threat with his neat footwork. No wonder, he was withdrawn at half time for Brian Majwega.

Substitutions:

Brian Majwega 5.0: His pace and unpredictability caused El Merriekh problems at the back but wasted an opportunity to test the goal keeper when he opted for a cut back to Herman Wasswa who was already marked. 

Michael Birungi 5.0: Didn’t really get into the game after coming on but stretched the left back far better than Herman Wasswa could manage. 

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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