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KCCA turn focus to defending league crown, after failed continental campaign – Mutebi

KCCA manager Mike Mutebi | KCCA FC media

Ahead of their CAF Confederations Cup second leg encounter against Algerian side Paradou FC, KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi asserted that failure to qualify for the group stages of the continental tournament would tantamount into failure in one of their season objectives.

His side were disappointingly thumped 4-1 as they crashed out of the tournament, and one undesired failure registered already.

How you move on from such disappointment is what really matters. And Mutebi has not taken long to announce a new direction for his side going forward into the season.

“Our concentration now is on the league, one of our priorities is to defend the league,” Mutebi said in the press conference at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Thursday morning.

Mutebi acknowledged that they were disappointed by their failure to reach group stage but they have to move on.

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“It feels bad that our team failed to make it to group stage because our aim was to play 12 games.”

“We are ready to play our remaining games and win them, it is our responsibility to win them if we are to catch up,” he added.

KCCA FC do have five games in hand in the league. They have played just seven out of the 12 games played by other clubs.

And what is more damning for Mutebi and his charges is that their rivals Vipers SC are still unbeaten and top the league standings with 30 points, while KCCA are 17 points behind on 13.

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The first challenge as they try to catch up comes against Police FC at the starTimes stadium, Lugogo. The Cops are second from bottom and have lost five of their last six games.

KCCA on the other hand chose to uphold the fixture against Police despite missing seven of their first team players as they will be involved in an exhibition friendly with the national team.

But Mutebi insists that his side are capable of coping without the seven players as he believes in the depth of the squad at his disposal.

“It will not affect us much because we have a very large squad, we have different alternatives who can replace the absent players,” he noted.

If KCCA can win all their five games in hand, then they will go within two points of their rivals Vipers ahead of the league’s second leg.

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