The lunchtime raindrops were looked at as a sign of blessing for KCCA FC going into their second leg of the 2019/2020 Total CAF Champions League against Petro De Luanda.
Much as it didn’t rain on until 4PM the kick-off time, the clouds remained dark, that didn’t stop the Kasasiro faithful from turning up at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo with high expectations.
The one-all draw wasn’t enough to see the 13-time league champions through to the group stages as the Angolans champions advanced on away goals rule.
All KCCA FC needed was a win for them to advance to the group stage of the continent’s most prestigious club competition.
Charles Lukwago in goal was protected by Peter Magambo and Samuel Kato at the heart of defence, Filbert Obenchan, and Mustafa Kizza manned the flanks.
Gift Ali, Muzamir Mutyaba and Achai Herbert overlooking Allan Okello, Mike Mutyaba and Jackson Nunda upfront.
That mattered little as the visitors won a penalty after Lukwago’s reckless challenge in the penalty Area, skipper Eduardo Job Gustavo stepped up to give the Angolan champions the lead.
That’s when the sun eventually came out, but the visitors held onto their lead heading to the break, although it didn’t stay for long.
CD Premeiro De Agosto was the last side to visit Lugogo in 2016, then they lost 1-0 courtesy of Geoffrey Sserunkuma, then now Wakiso Giants player watched on from the stands.
The second half was arguably going to be the toughest test for KCCA FC in front of their home fans.
Okello and Kizza weren’t looked at as the potential candidates to make the difference, while others hoped that Mike Mutyaba, Nunda or even Muzamir Mutyaba would pull something out of the closet.
On the bench, KCCA FC had Hippos duo of Steven Serwadda and Anaku Sadat to turn too or even Simon Sserunkuma.
Mike Mutebi reacted by introducing Anaku and Sserunkuma for Achai and Nunda respectively, the hunt for the two goals was for real otherwise elimination from the competition and into the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs was looming.
Eleven minutes into the second half, Kizza levelled matters, after he was let loose by substitute Anaku, they needed one more without the visitors responding.
That goal ignited KCCA FC, they pushed for a second, pressed their opponents and spent time in the opposition’s final third, but it wasn’t going to be their day.
Just like in 2016 when an Anthony Laffor second-half equaliser knocked KCCA FC out of the competition, De Luanda and Ricardo’s penalty sent them to the Confederation Cup.