KCCA FC bow out honorably as they push African giants to the wire

KCCA FC striker Geoffrey Serunkuuma gave the side the lead before they drew one all with Mamelodi Sundowns at Lugogo on Saturday

KCCA FC drew 1-1 with Total CAF Champions League holder Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday at the Philip Omondi Stadium and bowed of the competition 3-2 on aggregate in front of a capacity crowd.

It was a game that was branded by many to be one that would rewrite the history of Ugandan club football.

But it turned out to be one where the dreams and hopes of many were shattered but also one that proved to the world that KCCA FC  belongs to the big stage.

KCCA FC started the game strong and spent most of the opening spells of the tie in the visitor’s territory.

Brian Majwega was key in almost all KCCAFC’s attacks and assisted Serunkumma’s goal in a teasing cross from the left

The Kasasiro boys came close on 9 minutes when teenage youngster Allan Okello nutmegged Ngcongca to put Serunkuuma through only for the latter to fluff the ball wide.

Masandawana were then forced to deal with an early blow when Wayne Arendse was stretchered off injured to give way to defender Soumahoro Bangaly.

Both teams showed they needed it more than the other with an end to end display, but it was Brian Majwega whose pin point delivery down the left flank met poacher Geoffrey Sserunkuuma to tap home in the 30th minute.

After the break, Paul Musamali and Sulaimon Akinyemi came on for Paul Mucureezi and Allan Okello respectively to pile more agony for the visitors.

KCCA FC kept on throwing everything they could at Masandawana just to make sure they could secure qualification.

But it was till the 81st minute when substitute Anthony Laffor pounced on a loose ball in the KCCA FC territory and powered a shot past KCCA FC custodian Benjamin Ochan for 1-1 to draw the tie level. 1-1 is how it ended.

Ochan had done more than enough to keep KCCA FC in the game through the ninety minutes with match winning saves

Masandawana progress to the group stages of CAF champions League while KCCA FC now wait for their next opponent in the Total CAF Confederation Cup playoff.