After KCCA FC won 2-1 at home to BUl FC on Tuesday in the Azam Uganda Premier league, head coach Mike Mutebi has come out and assured the fans that his team can still win it.
The Kasasiro Boys required a late Derrick Nsibambi header deep into added time to overcome a spirited Bul side at Lugogo.
Bul’s Nigerian import Jean Pier struck with nine minutes to play for the Jinja based side to cancel out Nsibambi’s first half strike to even matters before the KCCA forward produced the winner..
“The character exemplified by my team is all about the belief that these boys have, said Mutebi.
“They all play their hearts out because they want to stand up and be counted at the end of the day.
“This is the same desire and reaction they showed against Al Ahly in the Champions League.
“This is our way to go and we will keep on promoting youthful players who still have the hunger to win and when i look back at their performance against Bul, i can only say that am satisfied.
“I am going to continue bringing up these kids so as i give the media an opportunity to have fresh talent to talk about and move on from the usual fellas who have been around for some time but doing nothing.
About Bul FC on Tuesday evening, the ‘Mulangira’ like he is commonly know, had this to say.
“Bul played very very well in a game that i am sure was good on the eye and played at a good tempo.
“They had players who came here trying to prove them selves after seeing what my Boys did to Al Ahly on Saturday.
“The passed the ball and in the 90 minutes, it was on the pitch for 84 minutes unlike other teams that come here and kick it out all the time.
On KCCA’s chances in the title race:
“Like i have always said, this year’s league will go down to the wire.
“We go into the last game believing we can still win it and all we will do is win our last game and wait to see what happens in their (Vipers) game.
“Vipers is in pole position and it is their title to loose as they seat on top of the league at the start of the final 90 minutes of the season.
On Walter Ochora who was making his first full home debut:
“He had a good performance.
“That’s how u grow the kids, he comes into a pressure game that we want to win desperately and plays with confidence.
“No pressure what so ever that he is playing a top tier team and you can see that he took in the responsibility well.
About the positives taken from the current season so far:
“Looking at this season, my team has been fantastic.
“We are the youngest team on the continent and the only team to promote over nine players into the first team in two years since Barcelona in 2003.
“These players will gain the experience with time and remember we are still on the continent.
On Nsibambi and the fact that he scored two goals.
“I am not going to start ringing hallelujah because he scored two goals.
“He is supposed to have taken over the mantle from Geoffrey Sserunkuma but has been inconsistent.
“So he scored today, good for him but he has to score everyday.
“The good thing is that all my players are very adventurous and always got a goal from somewhere but we need somebody u are sure will score all the time.
“Shaban has shipped in a few at times after spending a long drought minus a goal.
“You would go and check his stats and he has seven in three but i would love to read seven in as many game.
“All in all, it is good for Derrick as he has had personal problems but every KCCA fan would have loved to see Derrick leading the line, scoring consistently and being the number one centre forward for the country but he has not done that and has been dropped from the national team.
“He now has to work hard to regain the status that he had attained a few months back.
Mutebi concluded by enlightening on the fact that Shaban Muhammad is out injured as opposed to earlier reports that had suggested that he had just been rested.
KCCA end the 2017/18 with an away game at URA FC on Friday, they will have to win and pray that relegation threatened UPDF get atleast a point off Vipers if they (KCCA) are to win a third successive league title.