KCC FC got its CAF Champions League campaign back on track with a 2 – 0 win over Africa and Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the Group A clash, staged at Mandela Stadium, Namboole on Tuesday 15th May.
The former UPL champions started the campaign on a wrong footing, losing 0 – 1 to Township Rollers, while Al Ahly drew with Esperance at home in their opener.
Al Ahly were faster of the blocks and their first attack should have taken a 10th minute lead, but goalkeeper Charles Lukwago raced off his line to clear a promising attack from the Egyptians with Bassem Ali the key instigator.
Three minutes later Ahmed Fathi forced Lukwago to another good save as the visitors continued knocking but KCCA stood up to their more experienced opponents thereafter, with Saddam Juma and Allan Okello proving pain in the midfield.
Mohamed Shaban had KCCA’s first attempt in the 21st minute saved by Sheriff Ekrami and five minutes later Lukwago saved Walid Soliman’s penalty, that should have handed Al Ahly the lead.
Julius Poloto had a good chance in the 58th minute, but crashed his attempt into the wall and four minutes later had a promising header deflected off target as KCCA dominated the second period.
The misses were the precursor for the opener with Saddam Juma getting the goal in the 73rd minute.
KCCA won a penalty in the 86th minute after a foul on Derrick Nsibambi and skipper Timothy Awany made no mistake slotting home for a comfortable lead.