By Ritah Tugumisirize
Defender Timothy Awany is the latest to join the injury list for KCCA FC after the yellow boys’ captain was stretchered off in the second half of their three nil victory against Mtibwa Sugar in the CAF Confederations
Awany joins midfielders Sadam Juma and Julius Poloto on the sidelines as last season’s league runners up prepare to host the newcomers at their Lugogo fortress.
But perhaps with the crop of talent in this Lugogo based side, the three absentees should mean nothing for KCCA FC gaffer Mike Mutebi, given the contrast between his side and their visitors.
Traces of history show that Mutebi’s team has made it a habit to “initiate” newbies like this into the top most league in local football in some very unsparingly painful ways.
Last February, the 12 time champions put seven unanswered goals past Onduparaka in the league.
This was and until now remains the caterpillas’ most humiliating loss since their elevation to the high table of Ugandan football.( if not in the club’s history).
Three months later, Mutebi’s boys obliterated Charles Mbuzi Ayiekho’s students from Jinja SS 5-1 at the same venue.
KCCA FC’s dominion over their adversaries while playing at home was perhaps most witnessed on the 24th of April 2018 when the fired up lads walloped four time league champions URA FC 7-2 in the league, prompting Paul Nkata’s premature resignation from his coaching job immediately after the final whistle.
The local bullies were not done. They showed no hospitality to newly promoted Nyamityobora thrashing them 6-1 in their first meeting this season, again forcing their long serving coach James Odoch to give himself the boot.
I can go on and on with examples of how Mike Mutebi’s teams have mortified opponents both from within and beyond the boarders of the Pearl of Africa at the small Phillip Omondi stadium but to avoid intimidating the men from Zombo I will stop at those.
Not that its obvious Paidha will be a walk in the park for KCCA FC but considering the Westnilers’ ill preparations for the game, (just like all other games) a three nil loss would be a fair result to leave lugogo with.
For the most part of this season, Paidha has been embroiled in a barrage of problems mostly off the pitch.
From power struggles among their leaders, to hosting games away from their home (inside their enemy’s den, the Green light stadium, in Arua, which is home to perennial rivals Onduparaka) to unlicensed players, their list of problems is as long as their position on the Startimes Uganda Premier league log.
Even when they haven’t faced some of the toughest sides in the league, The Blacks have only managed one win and a draw in eleven games and are rock bottom of the pile in 16th position, 20 points shy of their table topping hosts.
Tuesday, will present arguably their biggest test since promotion into the league and should KCCA FC maintain the mood they were in against Mtibwa Sugar on the same turf last weekend, then am worried for their coach Mohammed Kisekka.
KCCA FC Vs Paidha Black Angels rekindles memories of the biblical battle between David and Goliath, just that the ending to this is more likely than not going to go Goliath’s way.
The game will kick off at 4:00pm in Ugandan time and all the action will be live on the home of sport Sanyuka TV.