Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) went through an unpleasant outing on Tuesday evening suffering defeat at the hands of Nigeria’s side, Rivers United.
The Total CAF Confederation Cup game was played at the Gowon Yakub stadium in Port Harcourt where KCCA FC conceded two early goals and eventually went on to lose the game 2-1.
A slow start saw KCCA FC go down by two goals in the opening quarter of the game on a water logged pitch due to a heavy downpour and the late surge failed to bear fruits.
As early as the second minute, Rivers United took the lead through Bernard Ovoke. A lapse in defence granted Ovoke the chance to score tapping home a ground cross from Sakin’s corner.
The home side continued to push forward pilling more pressure on the KCCA FC defence and went ahead to double the lead at the quarter hour mark.
Poor clearance from skipper Dennis Okot gifted Ovoke with the ball who headed into Obomate path to slot at home Rivers United’s second goal.
With the game destined for halftime, ever green Serunkuma gave KCCA FC hopes to believe firing home at the death of the clock.
The sensational forward was in position to fire home after Derrick Nsibambi’s chest pass off Mutyaba’s free kick met him unmarked inside the area.
KCCA FC returned more rejuvenated after recess and marched Rivers United for the better part of the closing 45 minutes.
There was a blow for KCCA FC as goalkeeper Douglus Kisembo limped off after sustaining a knee injury, five minutes into the second half.
This prompted team manager, Mike Hillary Mutebi to introduce Benjamin Ochan who had started the game on bench.
Youngsters Allan Okello and Julius Poloto were also later withdrawn for Ivan Ntege and Vincent Kayizzi respectively as KCCA FC surged for an equaliser.
Derrick Nsibambi almost levelled matters with 4 minuted on the clock but the striker was unlucky as his tap went inches off target with onrushing goalkeeper already beaten.
Defender Habib Kavuma was sent off with two minutes on the clock after a second bookable offence committed on Sakin. KCCA FC had to play the remaining minutes with a man less.
The result means KCCA FC drops to 3rd place on 6 points, same as Group A leaders FUS Rabat and second placed Rivers United.
KCCA FC has two more games to play, one against FUS Rabat at Phillip Omondi stadium on 1st July and the other against Club Africain away in Tunis.
KCCA FC starting XI:
Douglas Kisembo (Benjamin Ochan), Dennis Okot, Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Habib Kavuma, Tom Masiko, Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Okello (Ivan Ntege), Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Derrick Nsibambi,Julius Poloto (Vincent Kayizzi)
Source: KCCA FC website