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KCCA FC lose to African Stars in CAF Champions League Preliminary round tie. File Photo

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC have lost to African Stars FC in the first leg of the 2019 Total CAF Champions League Preliminary round tie.

In a five-goal thriller played on Saturday 10th August at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, the Ugandan Champions lost 3-2 to Namibian based opponents.

Both teams were looking to grab a win in a bid to widen their chances of cementing a place in this year’s CAF Champions League group stages.

The Kampala based side, KCCA FC looked confident going into this game, dominating most of the possession in the first minutes of the game. 

The 13-time Ugandan champions took an early lead 13 minutes into the game from an Ivan Kamberipa (African Stars defender) own goal.

The under-pressure defender poorly cleared a cross into his net to put his side one goal behind the opponents.

African Stars levelled matters in the 40th minute from the penalty spot after Peter Magambo for KCCA Fc handled the ball inside the box.

Ambrosius Amseb rose to the occasion and perfectly converted his penalty to put the scoreline at 1-1 just before half-time.

On resumption, Youssouf Ibroihim rose high past KCCA’s defenders and headed the ball in to put the hosts ahead for the first time in the match.

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KCCA FC pressed high for the equalizer and finally got it with only seven minutes left – Lethal forward Patrick Kaddu grabbed the second goal for KCCA in the 83rd minute after tapping home from close range.

This was Patrick Kaddu’s first continental goal for the Kampala based side.

However, two minutes later, Youssouf wrapped up his brace and a win for the Namibian side.

The defeat now means that KCCA will be looking to bounce back when they take on the Stars in the return leg on August 23rd at Startimes Lugogo Stadium.

Appropriately, they have a bigger chance of going into the second leg after scoring two away goals today.

Meanwhile, attacking midfielder Allan Okello was stretched off in the 73rd minute after picking up, what looked like a hamstring injury, and could miss the return leg.

KCCA FC starting IX: Charles Lukwago 24. Fillbert Obenchan 28, Peter Magambo 13, Samuel Kato 2, Mustafa Kizza 12, Nicholas Kasozi 6, Muzamiru Mutyaba 10, Allan Okello 25, Sadat Anaku 14, Mike Mutyaba 18 and Patrick Kaddu 9.

Subs: Jamil Malyamungu 29, Lawrence Bukenya 3, Hassan Musana 23 and Eric Ssenjobe 17. 

By John Dalton Kigozi