KAMPALA- Talk about the prospect of facing a North African club away from home and you will have most Ugandan clubs fretting.
In the past three seasons, Caf Confederation Cup representative have stood up in the face of the North Africans at home but the alarming losing pattern away from home remained. A Ugandan club is yet to attain success in North Africa and cricket scores are rampant.
Faced with a must score tie to progress to the lucrative group stages, KCCA manager Mike Mutebi says they are left with no alternative of holding back but to has dig in their heels and the unexpected this Sunday when they play Algerian side Paradou in Algiers after the 0-0 draw at StarTimes Stadium on Sunday.
“We created many chances on top of being saved by our goalkeeper (Charles Lukwago) in the first leg. I’m sure they are going open up while trying to get goals at home and we will exploit those spaces well,” Mutebi told Daily Monitor before the team took off yesterday.
“There is no Magreb fear anymore because of late we have been able to score away from home although we later lose.
“This time we are going with a winning mentality and we shall play with confidence just like Proline did (in the 2-2 draw with Libyan side Al Nasr on Sunday in Cairo in the same tourney),” he added.
Mutebi will assess left-back Mustapha Kizza and playmaker Allan Okello up to match day. He still holds maximum respect for Paradou that exuded good game intelligence and distribution in the first leg. “They are strong. Ejecting seasoned campaigners SFaxien was no fluke so we shall fight to score. It will be a disappoint campaign if we failed to make it to the group stages because that is where we belong,” Mutebi stressed.
“We are not going to change the 4-3-1-2 formation we used in the first leg to counteract their 4-4-2 flat system. We are going to attack with a number ten and two marauding forwards to get the results.”
CAF CONFEDERATION CUP
Preliminary Round Two, Second leg:
Sunday, November 3, 10.45pm
Paradou AC vs. KCCA FC (Agg 0-0)
Stade du5 Juillet 1962 (Algiers)