CAF Champions League 2018
KCCA FC (Uganda) vs Al Ahly SC (Egypt)
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
Tuesday, 15-05-2018 @04:00pm
Referee: Victor Miguel Gomes (SA)
KCCA will be hoping to continue their fine home form on the continent when they host record CAF Champions League winner Al Ahly of Egypt.
The Kasasiro Boys who have not lost a continental home game since 2014 will know what lies ahead of them against a side that has won the tournament eight times before.
What the coaches said during the pre-match press conference:
Mike Mutebi, KCCA FC.
“We respect Al Ahly but i can’t come here and say we are going to lose the game.
“They are big boys and we are honoured to be playing against them but my team will compete because we know a can win the game.
“All in all, it would not be disastrous for us to lose to them because there is still so many games to play and i believe we got the right players to pick results even away from home.
“I also want to call up on all football fans in the country to come and watch this historic match as we (KCCA) represent the nation.
Hossam El Badry, Al Ahly.
“I hope we are luck enough this time round and get the desired result.
“Against Esperance, it showed us that sometimes you will need luck to win the game and it was unfortunate to us that we didn’t have it that time round.
“It is not going to be easy because they (KCCA) are also looking for points but we came here for maximum points and that’s what we will try to achieve.
“My plea is that the referee is upto standard this time round, unlike the one in the for leg.
KCCA will be welcoming back first choice goalkeeper, Charles Lukwago who was suspended for the game away to Township Rollers for accumulation I yellow cards.
Lukwago has been the undisputed first choice since the departure of Benjamin Ochan last January.
With midfielders Saddam Juma and Muzamir Mutyaba back from injury, it remains to be seen if Mike Mutebi will start both of either of them.
The is the first time the two clubs will be meeting in the CAF Champions League.
Al Ahly has won the competition a record eight (8) times while KCCA are in their maiden appearance at the group stage.
Both teams two to win their opening group games with KCCA losing 1-0 at Township Rollers while Al Ahly drew 0-0 at home to ES Tunis.
KCCA goes into the game second in the Azam Uganda Reier league with three games to play while Al Ahly has already sealed the Egyptian championship with a game to play.
The Kasasiro Boys go into the encounter having won only two of their last seven games in the CAR champions league (D2 L3). The victories came against CNaPS and St. George in tho year’s qualifiers.
However, they have not lost a continental game since 2014 when they were defeated 2-1 by Zambian side Nkana Red Devils (W4 D1).
Last season, KCCA won all its Confederation Cup games at home.
For Al Ahly, they have lost only two of their last 10 Champions League games (W5 D2).
Away from home, the Red Devils have won only three of their last nine games in the competition (D3 L3).