KCCA FC's line-up Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Saturday April 15, 2017

El Masry (Egypt) Vs KCCA (Uganda) – Ismailia @ 8pm 

[KCCA lead 1-0 on Aggregate from first leg]

[/media-credit] Denis Okot will be crucial in terms of defending Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

KCCA are 90 minutes away from reaching the CAF Confederation Cup money bracket but must first overcome Egyptian opponents, El Masry.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, the Kasasiro face Hossam Hassan coached side in Ismailia on Saturday aware that a win will see them pocket not less than $ 275,000 (Ugx. 1 billion) for reaching the group stages.

Although history is against the Ugandan side as no side from the country has ever eliminated an Egyptian side, Coach Mike Mutebi is confident of re-writing that and says they are not going to Ismailia to defend the lead.

“We are not going to Egypt to defend the first leg score,” he said. “We shall always play our way which is to use the ball smartly and create chances,” he added.

To make it serious, Mutebi dropped defensive midfielder Ivan Ntege from the team that travelled for the tie but also left out the experienced duo of Vincent Kayizzi and Robert Ssentongo.

The reigning Ugandan champions, who missed out on a spot in the CAF Champions League after losing 3-2 to Mamelodi Sundowns, will look to strikers Derrick Nsibambi and Geoffrey Sserunkuma for goals.

The return of Timothy Awany and Habib Kavuma who missed the 1-0 win in the first leg gives Mutebi options at the back while Muzamiru Mutyaba is also available for selection despite missing the 5-2 win over Kataka in the Uganda Cup on Tuesday.

Statistics and figures

  • KCCA have lost their previous two away games on the continent; 2-1 to Primeiro de Agosto and Sundowns.
  • Geoffrey Sserunkuma has scored in all but one continental game this campaign.
  • KCCA lost to Egypt’s Arab Contractors twice in 1983 and 1991 in continental competitions.

KCCA probable line-up: Benjamin Ochan, Denis Okot ©, Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Habib Kavuma, Tom Masiko, Isaac Kirabira, Brian Majwega, Muzamir Mutyaba,  Derrick Nsibambi and Geoffrey Sserunkuma

Substitutes: Charles Lukwago, Denis Rukundo, Paul Musamali, Mustafa Kizza, Noel Nasasira, Paul Mucureezi, Allan Okello.

Al-Masry line-up in Kampala: Ahmed Abdelhalim, Ahmed Mansour, Farid Elmarghany, Ossama Moursi ©, Abdallah Saleh, Islam Salem, Ahmed Gomma (Hermann Kouao 90’), Mohamed Mahmoud, Elsayed Abdelaal (Amr Ramadan Mousa 77’), Ahmed Abdalraof (Abdalla Aly 58’)

Unused subs: Ahmed Farag, Ahmed Mansour, Said Elsaid, and Ahmed Abdel Salam

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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