It will be a do or die this evening as KCCA FC face hosts Rivers United FC in a Group A 2017 Total Confederations Cup tie at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.
The Ugandan giants are placed second behind Morocco’s Fath Union Sport (FUS Rabat) and need to battle to earn some points away from home.
Coach Mike Hillary Mutebi said after the last training session yesterday that they will take the game with a lot of caution because they badly need to get points from this match.
“We started with a loss away from home in the group stage, but need to improve our away record and get some points from here. The players know what is expected of them,” added Mutebi.
KCCA FC won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the Phillip Omondi Stadium with Derrick Nsibambi netting a brace. The in-form striker who also started in the Uganda Cranes 1-0 away win over Cape Verde in the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier has said he is eager to get his name on the score board again. “I am hungry to score against the same side,” said Nsibambi who has scored four goals in the competition.
Muzamir Mutyaba who gave a good account during the reverse match two weeks ago and striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma are also expected to play pivotal roles for KCCA FC.
But Stanley Eguma, the Rivers United technical manager is confident that his players will raise up to the occasion. “We have not be in good form in the local league, but we have also not lost any home game in the CAF competition,” said Eguma.
“We are representing Nigeria and Nigeria is a very big country as far as football is concerned. It is a do-or-die game for us,” he said. Rivers United FC who are placed 15th on the local Nigeria Premier League table lost 1-0 away to Lobi Stars last week.