MTN CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Super sport - KCC battle 11

MTN CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Super sport - KCC battle 11


Golden boy Umony to lead the away hunt once again.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: March 30, 2009


Prior to the 1st leg of the MTN CAF Champions League tie involving Ugandan ambassadors KCC FC and Super sport United of South Africa in Kampala, the visitors' tactician Gavin Hunt was asked which strategy he had come with to thwart danger man Brian Umony. His reply was... Who is Umony?


Luckily enough, after the 90 minutes Mr. Hunt could tell what Umony is made of after tasting the 22 year old's wrath. He later revealed in the post press briefing that in the 2nd leg, he will draw a master plan for the KCC hitman if his team is to stand any chance in the forth coming 2nd leg.

The stout deadly striker gave Hunt's boys a tough time through out the entire game. He shouldered the Ugandan side from a goal down to 2-1 victory. This is after out muscling the entire Super Sport rearguard to make a spade work for Ssentongo Godfrey's equalizer before teasing Denis Onyango in the visitors' goal post with a header off a 50/50 ball to give the Ugandan Champions one of their sweetest victories ever.

Umony is enjoying his best form ever. By press time he had scored consecutively in the last 13 games including the national team engagements. He has already promised the KCC FC's sympathizers for at least a goal in Pretoria.

"I will do every thing possible to get my club at least a goal in Pretoria," Umony said. Like Hunt can attest, you can only dismiss his promise on your own peril. With Ssentongo joining Umony in the attack, Coach George Nsimbe is traveling with at least a goal in his locker.

However all said, my worry remains the porous four man rearguard of the Ugandans comprising of Sam Mubiru, Moses Muhindo, Sam Ssenoga and Patrick Musoke. They were very nervous in the first leg especially in the first half of the game and it wasn't of a coincidence that they had to concede.

This time playing from away, Nsimbe should caution his boys to settle from the word go. In a similar manner, he is likely to sacrifice his favorite 4-3-3 system for a 4-4-2 formation, with Ssentongo the second striker, playing off lead striker Umony.

With the South Africans expected to throw every thing at KCC's back, you would advise Nsimbe to re call Rwandese Omar Hitmana from the bench and accord him with a starting place in the midfield. The towering all rounder is among the few players in KCC's squad that can match Super sport's physical build-up.

KCC need a draw of any margin to qualify to the next stage.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: March 30, 2009
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Ramathan Kasozi is a member of Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd. . A graduate Journalist, Kasozi has more than 5 years experience reporting on sports in Uganda for different print and broadcast media houses.