For a team that set out to win the Cecafa Kagame Club Cup, similar results will not only see them fail to win a second trophy after a drought that spans three decades, it will get them ejected before the knock out rounds.
As anticipated coach George Nsimbe went for two strikers upfront with Brian Umony who got the winner against Gor Mahia and youngster Derrick Nsibambi getting the nod.
With Brian Majwega and William Wadri supporting out wide, it was easy to see what Nsimbe had in mind;a goal fest against a club from a county that produces regular whipping boys in the competition.
From the early exchanges, it looked as though the script would read exactly that as Umony forced a save from goalkeeper Jeff Inzokira while Wadri hit the post from a free kick.
The Djiboutian side, however, managed to find their rhythm as Yasin Mugabi saved from Aboubaker Djama before Freddy Andasango’s cross failed to connect with any of his teammates.
The Djiboutian champions were soon ahead, Mustapha Muhammad scoring on the rebound a minute before recess after Mugabi had parried the first effort into his path.
KCC were again faster out of the blocks for the second period with Umony wasting a one on one chance saved again Inzokira.
The Ugandans however managed to haul themselves level after 66 minutes when Wadri was given time to plant a low header past Inzokira from captain Sakka Mpiima’s right wing cross from.
Both sides missed great opportunities thereafter with Umony culpable blazing over from five yards after making space in the box while Djama missed at the other end.
Defender Ronnie Kisseka meanwhile saw red 10 minutes from time after twice handling the ball.
With the clock running down Djama made amends, scoring on the break to leave KCC needing to win their remaining two games starting with Atletico on Wednesday and Rwanda’s APR on Friday.