It’s often said that great things come in threes. It doesn’t get any better taking on Tunisian outfit Esperance-de-Tunis in the third game of the CAF Champions league group stages for the Kasasiro boys this Tuesday 17th JULY 2018. This indeed is the biggest ask yet for this year’s CAF Champions league group stage debutants.
“Rejuvenated hope” is a term we have had to associate ourselves a lot with in the past couple of months in reference to the Lugogo based side under the stewardship of head coach Mike Hillary Mutebi. This eminent boost in confidence comes in the aftermath of their impressive (2-0) win against the Egyptian side AL Ahly.
Esperance however, provide a different challenge especially considering their current form with their recent win coming at home against Botswana’s Township Rollers. They are the current group A leaders with the would-be leaders (at-least according to history) AL Ahly still yet to establish a remedy for their past ruins.
Contrary to our away woes, Esperance FC take pride in their impressive home record which is evident from their commanding (4-1) win against Township Rollers in their last group stage game. Anice Badri got himself twice on the score-sheet and Belel Magri augmented that score-line.
KCCA FC approach this tie with a massive rise in confidence after the fundamental three points collected against AL Ahly, a game that left most football enthusiasts bewildered. Evidently, this to many fans was a mere figment of imagination.
In his pre-match press conference, the head coach Mike Mutebi had this to say:
“It’s the club’s mentality to want to rub shoulders with the big boys and attract attention. This we shall achieve by doing the right things and hard work. For a big team, those are the expectations.”
They however go into this game with addition of two new players that are integral to the formation as stressed-out by the team manager. These include Bernard Muwanga and Gift Ali Abubakar who are to strengthen the defence and midfield disciplines respectively.
Within the same context, the club has lost some players too this summer starting with striker Derrick Nsibambi who moved on to Egyptian side Smouha Club FC, Paul Mucureezi and Paul Musamali who were released by the club earlier last month.
This surely won’t be an affair with the similarity of beauty-and-the-beast but rather a tale of two kittles as both teams fancy the same style of play. Esperance FC thrives a lot on possession oriented football and so do their adversaries KCCA FC.
Mike Mutebi’s side will look to maintain their recent foam on the continent and pray that their away woes don’t come back to haunt them. They will also hope that the fact that no Ugandan side has had the ability to register such a milestone doesn’t deter the success motive but rather motivate the lads.
The idea that the lads thrive so much on the adrenaline that pumps from with-in the spirit of the club will be a massive boost towards ensuring efficiency come match day. However special caution needs to be given to the midfield partnership of Franck Kom and Mohammed Ali Moncer who determine the game play of Esperance.
KCCA FC stands third on the table in group A at leveled points with Township Rollers (3points) but the head-to-head not favoring the “garbage collectors.” Esperance on the other-hand lead the group with 4 points.