A second half goal by Paul Mucureezi against Madagascars CNaps FC at the StarTimes Stadium on Wednesday was enough to send KCCA FC to the first round of the 2018 CAF Total Champions League.
A second half goal by Paul Mucureezi against Madagascar's CNaps FC at the StarTimes Stadium on Wednesday was enough to send KCCA FC to the first round of the 2018 CAF Total Champions League.
Mucureezi capitalized on a well taken Nustafa Kizza corner kick after 61 minutes to head the ball past CNap's FC's goalkeeper Andoniaina Fanomezantsoa Andriamalala.
The win was enough to see KCCA qualifier on an away goal's rule after they lost 2-1 in Madagascar two weeks ago. Since KCCA FC scored a goal in Madagascar, it is multiplied by two and makes them qualify 3-2 on aggregate.
After 45 minutes of first half the game ended goalless when both sides creating some scoring opportunities. It was CNaps FC's Francis Rafaralahy whose shot after 16 minutes was punched out for a corner. Later KCCA FC's 18-year old Allan Okello also had his shot saved after 34 minutes.
In the second half KCCA FC returned with more dominant play after Muhammad Shaban was introduced for Denis Okot Oola. The Madagascar team CNaps FC made two changes but to no avail as the KCCA FC defenders stood firm. At the stroke of full time KCCA FC were lucky when Laliana Jacquot Manamoisoa had his close header saved by goalkeeper Charles Lukwago.
" I am happy that despite injuries to some of my key players, we have managed to win and qualify for the next stage," said Mutebi after the game.
KCCA FC will now face Ethiopia Premier League champions St. George in the first round of the Champions League. Uganda's Cranes second choice goalkeeper Robert Ondonkara features for the Ethiopian side.