Saturday February 15 2014

Nsimbe: I only had four quality players in 2009

Squatting L-R: Patrick Ssenfuka, Ausi Kaya, Robert Ssentongo

Squatting L-R: Patrick Ssenfuka, Ausi Kaya, Robert Ssentongo and Moses Muhindo. Standing L-R: Omar Hitimana, Moses Musoke, Anthony Bongole, Ronald Kamoga, Brian Umony, Benjamin Ochan and Jeremiah Ssebuyira before taking on El-Merreikh at Nakivubo in 2009. PHOTO BY eddie chicco 

By Elvis Senono

Kampala- KCCA coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe believes his current collection of players dwarfs the 2009 squad in terms of quality.

In 2009, KCCA were eliminated from the Caf Champions League by Sudan’s El-Merreikh after a 2-1 aggregate score.

Today, Nsimbe leads KCCA against El-Mereikh in the return leg of the Caf Champions League preliminary round clash, with an upper hand of progressing after drawing first blood in Khartoum last week.
“The 2009 team had four reliable players,” Nsimbe told SCORE this week. Nsimbe mentioned goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan, defender Sam Mubiru plus strikers Robert Sentongo and Brian Umony as the pivot on which the 2009 outfit rotated.

Despite their inefficiencies, the 2009 team did not lose any of the three away Caf Champions League games they played.

The Sam Mubiru-captained squad recorded a 2-0 win in the preliminary round over Mozambican side Ferroviário de Maputo and secured goalless draws in the subsequent two games against South Africa’s SuperSport United and Merreikh.
Their home form, however, was patchy and ultimately led to the team’s exit with the side winning once, a 2-1 victory over SuperSport. El-Merreikh defeated them 2-1 at Nakivubo Stadium.

2009 class
Benjamin Ochan, Ausi Kaaya, Moses Muhindo, Sam Senoga, Sam Mubiru, Asuman Buyinza, Moses Musoke, Patrick Ssenfuka, Ronald Kamoga, Jeremiah Sebuyiira, Jamil Kyambadde, Anthony Bongole, Brian Umony, Robert Ssentongo, Vincent Kayizzi, Tommy Okello and Omar Hitimana