Tuesday March 21 2017

Beaten to Shs1.9bn, KCC in draw for Shs537m

KCCA coach Mike Mutebi ponders his next move

KCCA coach Mike Mutebi ponders his next move during the game between his side and Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo by Eddie Chicco 

By ISMAIL DHAKABA KIGONGO

KAMPALA.

Platinum Stars could make a second trip here in as many months if Vipers’ conquerors are drawn against KCCA in today’s Total Caf Confederation Cup play-off round draw.

The South Africans are one of the 16 possibilities that await coach Mike Mutebi’s side who failed in their bid to qualify for Caf Champions’ League group stage at the expense of holders Mamelodi Sundowns.

“The draw will pit the qualified teams from the first round of the Confederation Cup against the losers from the first round of the Champions League,” a communication set out by Caf reads in part.

Stars beat Uganda Cup winners Vipers 3-1 to advance with a 3-2 margin to this play-off round that precedes the Confederation Cup group stages.

On the other hand, KCCA drew 1-all with South Africa’s Sundowns to bow out of the Caf Champions League on 3-2 aggregate score thereby failing to guarantee US$550, 000 (Shs1.9bn).

If KCCA make it to the group stage of the Confederation Cup, they are guaranteed $ 150 000 (about Shs537m).

The draw will be conducted at Caf headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Among KCCA possible opponents are two Egyptian sides – Al Masry and Smouha –Tunisia’s Club Africain and CS Sfaxien.

In the best case scenario, KCCA could be drawn against relative minnows in Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland) and Rayon Sports (Rwanda).

The first leg matches will take place on the weekend of April 7-9 and the return leg on the weekend of 14-16 April.

Meanwhile, Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango (Sundowns) is joined by the St. George pair of Yasser Mugerwa and Robert Odongkara in the lucrative Champions League group stages.

Their Ethiopian club beat Congo Brazzaville’s AC Leopards 3-0 on aggregate to advance to the 16-team round.

CAF CONFEDERATION CUP

PLAY-OFF QUALIFIERS
Al Masry, Smouha (both Egypt), Club Africain, CS Sfaxien (both Tunisia), Ittihad Tanger, MAS Fes (both Morocco), JS Kabylie, Mouloudia Alger (both Algeria), Platinum Stars, SuperSport Utd, Wits (all South Africa), Al Hilal Obeid (Sudan), ASEC Mimosas, Tanda (both Ivory Coast), Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland), Rayon Sports (Rwanda), Recreativo Libolo (Angola), Zesco Utd (Zambia)

Champions league losers
Enugu Rangers, Rivers Utd (both Nigeria), Barrack Young Controllers (Liberia), CNaPS Sport (Madagascar), FUS Rabat (Morocco), Horoya (Guinea), Kadiogo (Burkina Faso), KCCA (Uganda), Leopards (Congo Brazzaville), Mounana (Gabon), Port Louis (Mauritius), Ports Authority (Gambia), TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Young Africans (Tanzania)


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