ENTEBBE Uganda (Xinhua) --
KCCA FC, Uganda’s representatives in the 2018 CAF
Total Africa Champions League, traveled to Madagascar this
morning ahead of their game on Saturday.
“We are going for a
real battle and to make sure that we get a good result before
the return leg at home in two weeks. It is always good to get a
good away result in such a competition,” coach Mike Hillary
Mutebi told Xinhua before the team left aboard an Ethiopian
The Uganda Premier
League Champions will take on Madagascar giants CNAPS in the
first leg of the preliminary round. Saddam Ibrahim Juma who was
also part of the Uganda Cranes team that competed at the
recently concluded Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in
Morocco, told Xinhua that the team is well motivated ahead of
the encounter. “We know what to expect in Madagascar and we know
how to react,” Juma said.
Mutebi, who guided
KCCA FC to the group stage of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup,
said the three build-up games in Kenya over a week ago helped
his team fix problems and find the best playing formations. The
team will however miss the services of injured attacking
midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba.
KCCA FC will look to
key players like Derrick Nsibambi, scorer of the Uganda Cranes’
only goal at the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).
Juma and striker Muhammad Shaban who was the top scorer in the
2017 COSAFA U-20 Championship, will also look to make key
contributions for the Ugandan side.
The CAF Champions
League is the most lucrative tournament for top African teams
that excel in their respective leagues at home, while the CAF
Confederations Cup is meant for teams that win their domestic
knock out cups.