Sports & Games


KCCA FC striker Brian Aheebwa scored a hattrick
but his efforts came short of
achieving the dream come back
they were chasing, as the club
was eliminated from the
Confederations Cup at the first
round qualifying stage.

The kasasiro boys went into the game chasing a two-
goal deficit from the first leg, but they fell
short despite registering a 3-1 victory over
AS Kigali at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
on Wednesday evening.

KCCA FC had the start they had
dreamed of, Brian Aheebwa scoring just 15
seconds from kick-off.
The summer signing, playing in his first
Confederations Cup game capitalised on a
weak clearance from AS Kigali defender
Christian Isimwe to power his shot into the
bottom corner.

Keizron Kizito with Brian Aheebwa after their first goal.

But were almost made to pay immediately
after going ahead, Muhadjiri Hakizimana
latching onto a poor pass from Musa
Ramadhan to set Hussein Tshabalala
through on goal, but KCCA goalkeeper
Charles Lukwago pulled off a fine save to
deny the forward.

AS Kigali players before warm up.

Muhadjiri and Tshabalala’s pace were a
handful for KCCA defenders who had a
couple of close chances in behind but
Lukwago came to the fore, pulling off
incredible saves to keep his side in the

KCCA FC managed to ride a wave
of sustained pressure from Kigali, and put
the tie back to level terms, Bright Anukani
setting up Aheebwa who made no mistake
from just inside the box, finding the bottom

The visitors coach Eric Nshimiyimana reacted
by pulling off Tumaini Ntamuhanga for
burly Nigerian forward Alex Ortomal with
half time looming.
At the start of the second half, Mike Mutebi
also rang a couple of changes, bringing on
Steven Sserwadda and Sadat Anaku for
Sam Ssenyonjo and Joseph Kafumbe as
KCCA went in search of the sucker punch.
But they were dealt another blow after
Ramadhan conceded a penalty three
minutes into the second half, bundling
down Aboubakar Lawal.

Muhadjiri stepped up to send Lukwago the
wrong way and put Kigali one foot into the
play-off round qualifiers in the 49th minute.
But the talisman’s day came to an end
minutes later as he was stretched off with
an injury.
Kigali lost their talisman Muhadjiri to injury
after the hour mark.
With KCCA seemingly drained of hope,
Aheebwa handed them a lifeline, completing
his hattrick with 13 minutes to go, rushing
onto Ashraf Mugume’s threaded through
ball to slot past Batte.
Kigali almost put the game beyond KCCA’s
reach, Ortomal beating his marker but his
cut-back was beyond his compatriot Lawal
at the far post to set up a nervous end to
the game.

Aheebwa the hero of the day, had two
glorious opportunities late on but his shot
from just inside the penalty was saved by

Aheebwa again used his pace and power to
beat two defenders onto a long ball from
Mugume, but Batte again did brilliantly to
deny him.
Kigali progress to the play-off round
qualifiers and await to learn who they play
for a chance to enter the group stages in
the draw that will be held on January 8,

Lines ups:
KCCA FC XI: Charles Lukwago (GK)(C), Denis
Iguma, Musa Ramadhan, Herbert Achai, Kizza
Bukenya, Ashraf Mugume, Joseph Kafumbe,
Kezironi Kizito, Bright Anukani, Sam Ssenyonjo,
Brian Aheebwa
Subs: Hassan Matovu (GK), Filbert Obenchan,
Samuel Kato, Steven Sserwadda, Charles
Lwanga, Peter Magambo, Dominic Ayella, Sadat

AS Kigali XI: Shamiru Batte (GK), Hassan
Rugirayabo, Christian Ishimwe, Hassan Karera,
Emery bayisenge, Eric Nsabimana, Rachidi
Kalera, Tumaini Nfamuhanga, Hussein
Tshabalala, Muhadjiri Hakizimana, Aboubakar
Subs: Rugero Chris (GK), Bosco Kayifaba, Eric
Ndayishimiye, Abeddy Biramuhire, Alex
Ortomal, Rurangwa Amos, Fiston Nkinzingabo,
Benedata Jamier, Bishira Latif, Pierrot Kwizera

Show More

Mugalu Jeremiah

Audio- Visual Journalist / Sports Writer / Motivational speaker / BALL IS MY DRUG

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button