Kampala. We shall never know if KCCA might have fared better in the first half of their rain-soaked Caf Confederation Cup return leg against Congolese side Otoho D’Oyo.
What was clear however is that they had left themselves with too much to do from the first leg in which they lost 3-0 in Brazzaville.
Chasing a 4-0 win, the Yellow Boys fell just short of levelling the tie, bowing out 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-0 win on a wet StarTimes Stadium pitch yesterday.
A goalless first half in which the wet conditions often affected the flow of the game, KCCA set out to dry the ground particularly at the Naguru end where they attacked after the half time break. But it was not until the 64th minute when Patrick Kaddu re-ignited hopes of a comeback with his low shot from just outside the box on 64 minutes beating Otoho goalkeeper Wolfrigon Mongondonza.
The goal saw them up their tempo with the visitors offering little threat upfront but a series of attacks failed to yield any serious trouble against the visitors until Allan Kyambadde was bundled over in the box at the stroke of full time.
Allan Okello dispatched the resultant penalty with confidence but there was little time to find the leveler from the two minutes added by referee Pacifique Ndabihawenimana. The Burundian official earlier waved away two first half penalty appeals from Kaddu and another when Kyambadde was barged over in the box.
KCCA manager Mike Mutebi again made another very late call to his starting team replacing the tried Mustafa Kizza with Herbert Achai in the left wing back position.
The decision, like in the first leg when Achai reportedly failed to train prior to the match because of illness again failed to work out.
The result marked a fall in the standards set by the club over the past two seasons in which they made the group stages of both the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup group stages.
KCCA 2-0 Otoho D’Oyo