CAF CONFEDERATION CUP CAFCC: KCCA FC win not enough as they bow out

Ugandan Premier League outfit KCCA FC beat Libya’s Abu Salim 3-2 in the second leg of the Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round at Kitende but bowed out 5-4 on aggregate on Saturday.

Second-half substitute Usama Arafa scored twice to add on an earlier strike by Muhammad Shaban but goals from Abdulmunem Aleiyan and Mohamed Elghadi gave the visitors the advantage over two legs. Shaban capitalised on a spilled ball from the visitors’ goalkeeper to tap home the opener after 18 minutes which they held on till halftime.

The Libyans drew the game level in the 69th minute from the penalty spot after James Mubeezi making his full debut fouled in the area with Aleiyan sending debutant goalie Juma Mutebi the wrong way. Arafat who had come on for Brazilian Joao Gabriel then headed home Gui’s cross in the 84th minute but it was immediately cancelled by a well-taken team goal by Elghadi two minutes later.

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Usama again beat his markers and the goalie to head home KCCA’s third in the 90th minute but the task at the moment had been toughened as there were no further goals.

KCCA will now shift attention to the domestic competition after yet another failed campaign on the continent since 2018. They face Maroons under the floodlights on Tuesday at Lugogo a game they need to win after faltering against BUL on day one.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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