Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) went down the books of history as the first Ugandan club to reach the group stages of the Total CAF Confederation Cup since the change of format in 2004.
The reigning Uganda Premier League (UPL) champions edged past Egyptian side Al Masry at the play off stage 4-3 on penalties after the aggregate score was tied at 1-1 over the two legs.
Team manager Mike Hillary Mutebi is happy that his side progressed to the next round and believes this will help KCCA players to grow in confidence.
“I’m delighted that we managed to make it to the group stage. I believe the continent will help the players grow and have more experience. The belief that they have rubbed shoulders with the best teams gives them more confidence and to me that is important,” the manager told www.kccafc.co.ug.
Mutebi, however, believes the journey is gradual and thus the emphasis should be performing well domestically as the team continues to gain experience on the continent.
“You do not jump, you start by walking so the emphasis is to try and retain the league title and perform well in the Uganda cup. Playing on the continent is an additional incentive,” Mutebi indicated.
Asked about the tight schedule ahead of the team,the manager indicated that they did not reach this far by accident but it has been out of hard work and is confident the squad is up for the task.
“We did not reach reach here by accident. We had planned for this especially in our training programmes trying to accommodate such challenges of playing a congested fixture,” stated.
“Our arsenal is well equipped to meet those challenges despite the tight schedule.”
With the Total CAF Confederation Cup group stage games expected to start in early May, KCCA will play at least two games each week given the pending fixtures in the league and Uganda Cup.
Focus now shifts to the league upon return at home with a home fixture against Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club (URA FC) this Wednesday