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KCC, SCVU face tricky away ties in Caf tournaments

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By Elvis Senono

Posted  Wednesday, December 18  2013 at  00:00

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League winners KCC FC visit Sudanese side Al- Merreikh in the CAF Champions League while Uganda Cup holders SCVU travel to DR Congo to face Don Bosco in the CAF Confederations Cup.

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Uganda’s representatives to the Confederations of African Football Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup, will play their preliminary fixtures on the weekend of February 7 and February 14.

KCC FC will visit Sudanese side Al- Merreikh in the CAF Champions League while Sports Club Victoria University (SCVU) travels to DR Congo to face Don Bosco in the CAF Confederations Cup.

However, KCC FC coach George Nsimbe is already a worried man.

Nsimbe yesterday told the Daily Monitor that his team faces several hurdles if it is to make it past their Sudanese opponents because of the lack of strikers.

“I am satisfied with the rest of my squad apart from the striking department. I therefore need to add atleast two strikers to the team,” he said.

The team has largely been dependant on the enigmatic Tony Odur and Herman Waswa for most of this season. The pair has so far scored 15 goals between them in as many games in the domestic league but the former who has contributed 10 goals is currently away in Vietnam on trials according to the official line given by the club. Incidentally Waswa was in the same country early this season and also missed a number of the team’s games.

“I am not very sure about his return date,” said Nsimbe who has William Wadri and Julius Ogwang as the only other strikers on the team and are all largely unproven at that level. “We shall definitely need more experience up front,” he added.

The two teams also played each other at this level in 2009 with Merreikh progressing 2-1 on aggregate after playing out to a 1-1 draw in Sudan.

Meanwhile Morley Byekwaso, the SCVU coach believes early preparations are key if his club is to progress past DR Congo’s Don Bosco in their preliminary CAF Confederations Cup fixture.

The club will be making its debut on the continent, and according to Byekwaso, the earlier they start preparations, the better.

“We have new players who will be playing at this competition for the first time and for us the work has already started, he said.

essenono@ug.nationmedia.com