Saddam Juma gets CAF clearance for FUS Rabat tie

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KCCA FCs new signing Saddam Ibrahim Juma has been cleared to feature in the Saturday game away to FUS Rabat in the group stage of the CAF Total Confederations Cup.

KCCA FC's new signing Saddam Ibrahim Juma has been cleared to feature in the Saturday game away to FUS Rabat in the group stage of the CAF Total Confederations Cup.

David Tamale, the club Chief executive officer told URN on Wednesday that the player was issued a CAF license and traveled with the team the same day on an Emirates Airlines flight through Dubai. "Yes he was cleared and will play on Saturday if picked," said Tamale.

Juma was signed last week from arch-rivals Express FC, but was unveiled early in the week. He can only feature for his new club in the CAF competition this year, but not the two remaining Azam Uganda Premier League ties and the Uganda Cup where KCCA FC are at the semi final stage.


Head coach Mike Mutebi explained that Juma will bring something new to the team. "We shall be very cautious because we are play a very experienced team away from home. We know North African teams pass the ball so well and have good tactical awareness," he added.


KCCA FC ejected Al Masry (Egypt) 4-3 on penalties last month after a 1-1 draw over two legs. After failing to advance to the group stage of the lucrative CAF Total Champions League after falling to reigning Champions Mamelodi Sundowns, KCCA FC qualified for the lower tier Confederations Cup.


"We are going to play our hearts out because we are aware FUS Rabat is a big team that has played continental football for some time now," said striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma. Experienced players Robert Ssentongo and Vincent Kayizzi were also left behind.

The Azam Uganda Premier League champions will however miss the services of first choice goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan and skipper Denis Okot who are suspended because of two yellow cards accumulated.


KCCA FC who are grouped alongside FUS Rabat, Club Africain (Tunisia) and Nigeria's Rivers United are the only team in the East African region that qualified for the group stage of a CAF competition this year.