KCC coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe believes anything short of lifting this year’s Cecafa Kagame Cup title will be a failure.
The Ugandan champions take on Kenyan outfit Gor Mahia in today’s opening fixture in Kigali.
“The history of this club means anything short of success will be seen as failure,” said Nsimbe who is also a former player at the club.
KCC warmed up for the competition with a 2-0 victory over URA in the Super Cup last weekend courtesy of a Tom Matsiko brace.
The 20-man squad expected to leave last evening was also beefed up by striker Brian Umony and winger Brian Majwega, who are fresh from international duty in Mauritania.
The team will however be without midfielder Gadaffi Kiwanuka, who seems on the way out while new recruit Francis Ssembatya has yet to finalise his transfer from Lweza FC.
Familiar Ugandan faces are expected to line up for Gor Mahia in today’s encounter including lead striker Dan Sserunkuma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito and Arthur Ssemazzi.
The team will also be coached by former Cranes tactician Bobby Williamson, who will be in charge of his last tournament, before starting his tenure as Harambee Stars coach.
However, there have been changes in KCC’s group after Burundian champions Flambeau de l’Est pulled out and were replaced by Atletico in Group B.
Rwanda’s APR and Telecom from Djibouti are the other sides in the group. The tournament has also been hit by more withdrawals with Coffee, who won the Ethiopian league last season, being replaced by Adamma FC while Eritrea will not be represented.
Tanzanian giants Yanga were barred, according to Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye for allegedly indicating they would field a second-string side.
They have consequently been replaced by Azam in Group A.