KCC coach George “Best” Nsimbe is counting on his defence as his side prepare to play South Sudan side Atlabara tomorrow in the quarterfinals of the Cecafa Kagame Club Cup.
This after the Ugandan champions kept their second clean sheet of the tournament with a 1-0 victory over APR in the final group B game on Sunday. “Key to us progressing will be down to us not conceding, which we have done well today against a team from the host nation,” Nsimbe said during the post match interview.
Key to that defensive stability has been Cranes defender Richard Kassaga and Habib Kavuma who have impressed since replacing Ronnie Kisseka and Simon Namwanja respectively after the 1-0 loss to Djibouti’s Telecom.
The coach also dispelled any suggestions that his side will underestimate their less experienced opponents whose country was only admitted to the tournament two years ago.“We have to respect the opposition because they came here after winning their league and the fact that they have qualified from the group means they are a strong side,” added Nsimbe.
KCC set up the tie against the South Sudanese champions after Steven Bengo’s in swinging free kick midway through the second half found its way past goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera.
The result helped KCC top the group with nine points two more than APR while Burundi’s Atletico qualified in third with six points.
Their opponents coached by former Cranes assistant coach Leo Adraa meanwhile booked their place on Saturday despite a 1-0 loss to leaders Rayon Sport that left them with three points and in third position in group A.