KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi has said that his side were above average after failing to reach the CAF Confederation Cup group stages.
KCCA FC defeated Congo’s AS Otoho 2-0 at StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo but the result was not enough to go through as the side had lost 3-0 in the reverse fixture.
The Coach explained that KCCA could have done better to overturn the deficit.
Speaking after the 2-0 victory, Mutebi commented:
We were above average, the other side (Otoho) believed, reacted good and played with no fear.
However, I must say that my boys also fought hard, but Otoho were more determined.”
After reaching the CAF Champions league group stages last year, becoming the first Ugandan side to achieve the feat, KCCA had set the bar high for themselves.
The team failed to defend the league but won the Uganda Cup to book a ticket to Confederation Cup qualifiers.
KCCA FC got a bye at the first stage, before starting their campaign with a 5-1 aggregate victory over Tanzanian outfits Mtibwa Sugar.
The next round saw AS Otoho D’Oyo and KCCA pitted together – it looked a fair draw for the Ugandan side, on paper.
Otoho stunned KCCA in the first leg with a commanding 3-0 win but no hope was lost as many believed that the Lugogo based side would chase down the score in the return leg.
Coming into the game, Mutebi had told journalists that his side had done enough homework and believed that his armoury was ready to gun down Otoho. No one doubted.
Despite being the better side, Mutebi’s charges failed to find the back of the net in a first half that was highlighted by torrential rain.
In the second stanza, KCCA missed some chances before Patrick Kaddu headed in Allan Okello’s corner to resurrect the dead hopes.
The visitors looked strong and organised at the back until KCCA got a penalty when Allan Kyambadde was brought down in the forbidden area for Okello to double the advantage but it was all the hosts had to offer.
This is a failed campaign because we have not fulfilled our target of reaching the groups. We didn’t do enough, and we fell short,” added Mutebi
I don’t normally blame referees but I must say that they were poor today, we got many penalty appeals that were wrongly turned down, and this was the case, in the first leg in Congo.”
Mutebi commended his players for nonetheless remaining calm and not getting carried away when the ref got his calls wrong. Mutebi also refused to use rain as an excuse in determining the day’s end result.
Next for KCCA is a Uganda Cup trip to Buhinga to face Tooro United in the round of 32 on Tuesday.
KCCA, top of the log, will start the second round of the league with an away visit to Paul Mucureezi’s Mbarara City.