Uganda Premier League defending champions, KCCA FC on Friday beat Zambian side, Green Eagles in the CECAFA Kagame semifinals to storm finals for the first time in 40 years.
KCC FC as was then known reached the 1979 CECAFA club championship finals but lost to Kenyan side AFC Leopards.
On Friday, the Ugandan representatives reached the same feat when they beat their counterparts from Zambia in a seven-goal thriller after extra time at the Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo.
The Kasasiro boys took the lead through youngster Allan Okello as early as three minutes when he took a belter at the edge of the box to beat the Green Eagles goalkeeper for the opener.
The Zambians levelled matters with seven minutes to recess through Amity Shamende to give a kiss of life to the team from Choma, in the country’s Southern Province.
Off to the #CECAFAKagameCup2019 FINALS in style. What a way to get there
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Shamende scored again in the 52nd minute for Green Eagles to take the lead but the Ugandans levelled matters through Allan Okello in the 76th minute to ensure the game went into extra time after 90 minutes.
In extra time, Mike Mutyaba’s belter and Sadat Anaku goal were enough to put KCCA FC in the driving seat despite a 118th-minute strike by Christopher Chola.
The game ended 4-3 and ensured the Kasasiro boys progressed to the CECAFA Kagame cup finals in style.
Speaking shortly after the game, KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi dd praised his players for not letting him down when it mattered the most.
“They(Green Eagles) gave us a challenge and overall it was a good match. The circulation of the ball for my players was good,” Mutebi said.
He labelled the game as the best in the tournament so far.
KCCA FC will now play defending champions cum Tanzanian giants Azam FC in the CECAFA Kagame Cup finals to be played on Sunday in Kigali.