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CAF CC: KCCA endure difficult night in Algeria, as they crash out of the continent

Allan Okello and Co. endured a difficult night in Algeria as they wer knocked out of the CAF Confederations Cup | KCCA media

KCCA manager Mike Mutebi said that failure by his side to qualify for either the CAF Confederations Cup, and CAF Champions League group stages would tantamount into failure to achieve one of their prime objectives.

KCCA and Mutebi had hoped that they would seal passage into the 2019/2020 Confederations Cup group stages, But that was not to be.

For the second year running, KCCA bow out of the Confederations Cup at the group stage play-off qualifying round.

The Uganda Premier League Champions fell to Algerian side Paradou AC 4-1 at the Stade 5 Juillet Stadium in Algeria.

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The game was played at a high tempo in the opening 20 minutes, but the hosts looked the more dangerous side, creating in-roads behind the KCCA defence especially down the flanks.

In the 7th minute, Paradou’s early dominance paid dividends when Salaheddine Herrari tapped home from close range after AbdelKader Ghorab’s knock down.

Paradou kept up the pressure, but the Kasasiro boys did draw level against the run of play in the 23rd minute, Allan Okello drilling in a low shot from the right, following a quick counter attack.

The hosts nearly regained their lead three minutes later, defender Samuel Kato was caught in possession by Ghiles Guenaoui, but the forward placed his effort wide of the target, with only the keeper Charles Lukwago to beat.

In the 37th minute, the Algerians restored their lead through Yousri Bouzok who converted from the spot, following Mustafa Kizza’s foul inside the area.

KCCA could have found the leveler, but striker Sadat Anaku failed to connect well with Kizza’s deep free kick. Paradou headed into the half time break in the lead.

KCCA returned the better side after the break, committing more men forward, but like in the first leg, they were limited to shots from range as Paradou changed tactics to playing on the counter.

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Anaku almost restored parity for KCCA in the 61st minute, but he glanced his effort wide of the target with only the keeper to beat.

Paradou extended their lead in the 65th minute, a seemingly offside AbdelKahar Kadri pounced on a loose ball to nod home his team’s third. Lukwago spilled a ferocious free kick into the path of the midfielder.

Aimen Bouguerra’s virtually sealed qualification for Paradou, as his free kick from almost 35 yards out beat Lukwago.

It could have got worse for KCCA, but defender Peter Magambo twice cleared the ball off the line. KCCA again survived conceding a fifth as Paradou were denied by the wood work with virtually the last kick of the game.

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