KCCA players after the match against Rivers United at Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
  • KCCA (Uganda) 2-1 Rivers United (Nigeria)
[/media-credit] Paul Mucurezi (L), Geoffrey Sserunkuma (R) and Denis Okot join Derrick Nsibambi in celebrating one of his goals against Tusker. Nsibambi scored twice against Rivers United Credit: © Kawowo Sports | John Batanudde

A brace from Derrick Nsibambi was enough for KCCA to overcome Nigerian opposition Rivers United 2-1 at home to brighten chances of reaching the quarter finals of the 2017 Total CAF Confederation Cup.

Bolaji Sakin scored the visitors consolation in a game the hosts created chance after chance but took just two, enough to take them second on the Group A table.

As early as the fourth minute, Nsibambi should have given the Ugandan side a lead but wasted an opportunity off a cross from Vincent Kayizzi.

Tom Masiko and Geoffrey Sserunkuma also had chances but failed to put the ball in the net.

But the deadlock was finally broken in the 16th minute when Nsibambi effort deflected off Rivers United defender into the net.

It all started with Vincent Kayizzi on the right who passed to Allan Okello and then released to Nsibambi whose shot was blocked away for Muleme whose low cross was controlled by the forward and on the turn, shot on goal and gifted with a deflection, the ball ended up into the net.

The visitors were forced to make a 24th minute change when goalie Akande Asimiyu came on for Femi Thomas.

Nsibambi missed another chance when he headed straight at the new goalkeeper.

In the 34th minute, the visitors beat an offside trap through Fredrick Obamate who crossed to Bolaji Sakin who hit a first time volley into the roof of the net.

After recess, the two teams seemed evenly matched until the 70th minute when Nsibambi scored the winner.

A brilliant free kick from Tom Masiko was beautifully controlled inside the 18 yard area and his effort ended up in the net to send the crowd wild.

At the end of the day, KCCA won and are now on six points, same points as leaders FUS Rabat who won 2-1 at home to Club Africain.

The next fixture between the two teams will be played on June 21 with the Nigerians hosting the game in Port Harcourt.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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