KCCA FC coach, Mike Hillary Mutebi has hinted that his team is still a better side even without departed stars who left to pursue professional football outside Uganda.
Speaking at a pre-match conference at StarTimes stadium in Lugogo, Coach Mike Mutebi who was particularly asked a question about Patrick Kaddu said that the player’s absence is and will not be a big deal as he was already playing on the fringes.
Earlier this week, Kaddu left KCCA for Moroccan giants, Rennaissance Sportive Berkane penning a four-year deal.
He joined the likes of Allan Kyambadde and Timothy Awany as the other players who departed weeks before.
KCCA will be looking to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat as they take on Namibia’s African Stars in the 2019 Total CAF Champions League Preliminary round return leg on Friday 23rd August.
In a five-goal thriller played on Saturday 10th August at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, departed Patrick Kaddu scored one of KCCA’s two goals – the other was an own goal.
Although Kaddu was a vital player in the first leg, scoring his first continental goal, Mutebi has insisted that the striker’s absence will not render the team weak.
“We are not in any panic of sorts. Kaddu’s absence doesn’t render the team weak at all because even when he was still around, he was playing on the fringes,” Mutebi said.
The club’s gaffer also stated that his squad is big and strong enough to put up a spirited fight against the Namibian based club.
“KCCA FC has 28 very technically gifted players who at any time can serve the club. The first service will be negotiating a very powerful opponent. Jackson Nunda, Mustapha Kizza, Herbert Achai and Gift Ali make us a stronger team with big squad depth. All these lads are back and stronger,” said Mutebi.
“We shall play our way of attacking football even when our opponent plays the same game. We may use our home advantage,” added Mutebi before pinpointing that they are determined to get a win and go past African Stars FC.
Meanwhile, African Stars head coach, Muhammad Fargo, stated that his team is in Kampala to pick the maximum points.
“We are well prepared for that. We know we have prepared to give KCCA FC a very good game,” Fargo noted.
By John Dalton Kigozi