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Uganda Cup: ‘Kansai Plascon Exit A Blessing In Disguise’

*Featured Image: Kansai Plascon’s team that started the game at Kitende – FUFA Photo

Peter Ssengonzi, assistant coach Kansai Plascon has claimed that the team’s elimination from Uganda Cup can be viewed as a blessing in disguise.

Kansai bowed out of the Stanbic Uganda Cup following their 4-0 loss to Vipers on Tuesday at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.

Ssengozi who was speaking to the press shortly after the game explained that their exit will give the club enough time and space to focus on their main target this season – Promotion to Uganda Premier League.

He said: “We are out but it’s not all over for the club, this is a blessing in disguise for us as a team. They gave us a good test, this was a learning lesson and we shall improve.

Kansai assistant coach Ssengozi (middle)

Desmond Kyobe scored in his own net before Halid Lwaliwa doubled the advantage. Abraham Ndugwa scored a double to give Vipers a deserved victory.

“We were not used to the pitch, we played a good team so it was inevitable. I must say that we defended poorly, the boys failed to catch up with the game’s tempo and we were punished from our mistakes.”

Kansai had already punched above their weight when they eliminated super league side Ndejje University FC to reach at this round of 32 stage.

Action between Kansai (blue) and Vipers (Red) at Kitende. FUFA photo

Can Kansai Plascon Return To Uganda Premier League?

The club fell into an abyss when they completed the 2016/17 season with just 26 points to finish 15th, second from the bottom to earn their ticket down to the Big league.

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A lot has happened since, including management changes from the parent company that saw the rebrand from Sadolin Paints to Kansai Plascon.

They have however managed to retain some of their players like Dan Ekoyu and Desmond Kyobe. They too have some eye catching talent in Robert Ssentongo Jnr and Henry Kitegenyi.

The club is fourth in the Rwenzori group of the FUFA Big League: They collected 18 points from a possible 30, winning five games, drawing thrice and losing two games.

To end the first round, Kansai lost 1-0 to Dove FC away in Masindi.

They will start the second round with two home games against Kitara and Water FC at Bishop SS grounds in Mukono before back to back long trips Bundibugyo (Bumate) and Kabale (Kabale Sharp).