KCCA FC 3-1 AS Kigali
Uganda’s continental representatives KCCA disappointingly bowed out of the CAF Confederation Cup despite a hard fought for 3-1 win against AS Kigali on the second preliminary round at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
All would have been well only for defender Musa Ramathan to commit a second half clumsy foul to cost KCCA FC who gained a 3-3 scoreline on aggregate but ejected on away goals rule on Wednesday.
Having failed to raise the required number of players for a CAF game, Mike Mutebi’s charges lost the first leg 2-0 by boardroom decision.
Talisman Brian Aheebwa scored all the three goals for the Kasassiro Boys, only for his celebrations to be cut short by qakizimana Muhadjiri’s penalty kick.
Kigali’s awful defending handed KCCA an early lead thanks to Aheebwa’s long range stunner on the far post past helpless goalkeeper Shamiru Batte after 35 seconds.
Goalkeeper Charles Lukwago later produced two fine saves denying Hussein Tshabalala as the visitors paused questions in hunt for an equalizer.
The hosts later doubled their lead after 37 minutes when live wire striker Aheebwa met Bright Anukani’s pass on the edge of the box to fire home past Batte for KCCA’s second.
KCCA made two substitutions at the start of the second half with Sadat Anaku and Steven Sserwadda replacing Joseph Kafumbe and Sam Ssenyonjo.
On the 49th minute, Kigali pulled one back when defender Ramadhan fouled Hussein Shaban in the box before Hakizimana sent custodian Lukwago the wrong way to ensure the home team search for two more goals.
As the game edged closer to the climax, midfielder Ashiraf Mugume released Aheebwa who clipped over Batte for the third goal resurrecting their dreams for advancing.
The former UPL player of December would have completed the turnaround to send his side into the playoff round but his close range attempt was dealt with by goalkeeper Batte before the final whistle was blown.
Despite conceding two late threats, AS Kigali held on to reach the playoff round of the competition as KCCA shifts focus on domestic league.
Charles Lukwago (GK), Denis Iguma, Musa Ramathan, Herbert Achai, Joseph Kizza Bukenya, Ashraf Mugume, Joseph Kafumbe, Keziron Kizito, Bright Anukani, Sam Ssenyonjo, Brian Aheebwa
Bate Shamiru (GK), Hassan Rugirayabo, Christian Ishimwe, Hassan Karera, Emery Bayisenge, Eric Nsabimana, Rachidi Kalisa, Tumaini Ntamuhanga, Hussein Thabalala, Muhadjiri Hakizimana, Aboubakar Lawal