CAF Champions League: Playing at home gives us an advantage says KCCA FC coach Mike Hillary Mutebi ahead of today’s clash against Petro de Luanda
Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) head coach, Mike Hillary Mutebi believes home advantage will be key for their second leg game in CAF Champions League against Petro de Luanda today at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.
Following a goalless draw in the first leg against the Angola side, Uganda Premier League defending champions, KCCA FC will be looking to win this encounter to ensure progress.
KCCA FC will be scoop around $550,000, an equivalent of two billion shillings if they qualify for this year’s CAF Champions League group stages.
Only a win can do them favour past their opponents and coach Mutebi knows that he is however confident that his young squad can pick a positive result out of this game.
However, he points out that his side is not in the driving seat after failing to score a goal away from home in the first leg earlier.
“We are not safe after drawing goalless in Angola which brings the tie in a tricky fixture but we are playing at home and this gives us the advantage,” Mutebi said adding, “I believe we have enough armoury to negotiate the challenge.”
Meanwhile, Mutebi also said while speaking at a pre-match conference yesterday that it is the CAF games like this that help promote African football abroad.
“We expect a great match as both teams are going to come to attack the football. It’s going to be an interesting game and don’t be surprised when you see a 4-2 result because we want good football and good football is punctuated by goals,” he claimed to add that goal even make it better.
Besides, for Petro de Luanda coach, Toni Cosano, this will be a game for his side to capitalize on the 0-0 scoreline in the first leg.
“The goalless draw at home was a positive result for us and if we can score away, we shall have an advantage. We shall try to win the game here and see if we can qualify,” Cosano said.
“For us, a win will be important as it will give us the prestige of qualifying for the group stages of the most prestigious completion in Africa.”
Mutebi’s charges will be welcoming assistant coach, Morely Byekwaso and players Sadat Anaku and Steven Sserwadda who are returning from the under-20 CECAFA tournament taking place in Gulu.
Defensive midfielder Nicholas Kasozi and winger Simon Serunkuma also return from injury but the team will miss the services of Julius Poloto and Sadam Juma who are out injured.
Newcomers, John Revita, John Odumegwu, Keziron Kizito and Erisa Sekisambu are ineligible to play for KCCA FC at this round.
By John Dalton Kigozi