Nkana edge KCC FC to set date with Zamalek – Kawowo

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KCC FC 1-2 Nkana FC (Nkana qualify 4-3 on aggregate)

 

KCC FC’s campaign in this year’s Orange Caf Champions league came to a halt after the side lost 2-1 at home to Zambia’s Nkana FC in the return leg of the first round match played at Namboole stadium on Saturday afternoon to bow out 3-4 on aggregate.

 

Claude Bwalya and Christopher Munthali scored for the Zambian champions while Brian Majwega netted KCC FC’ only goal.

 

KCC FC started brightly and should have gone ahead in the 7th minute but Michael Birungi’s shot inside the 16 yard area was blocked by goalie Charles Mweemba.

 

Tony Odur also got close in the 16th minute but his header off Brian Majwega free kick went over the bar.

 

From then on, Nkana FC got into the game and deservedly got in front with Claude Bwalya netting on the half hour mark.

 

The Nkana number 14 slotted home from the edge of the 18 yard box after a good pass from danger man Ronald Kampamba.

 

The first half ended 1-0 in favour of the visitors but KCC FC replied three minutes after recess with a brilliant goal by Majwega,

 

Majwega beautifully converted a free kick from the edge of the area after Tony Odur was fouled.

 

In search for a second goal, Coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe introduced Herman Wasswa for defender Ibrahim Kizza but it was Nkana who restored the lead in the 60th minute thanks to Christopher Munthali strike from close range.

 

The defender tapped in easily after goal keeper Jamal Salim failed to parry away Ronald Kampamba’s effort from a free kick.

 

Despite an hour left on the clock, KCC FC started to play in a rush with Nsimbe withdrawing another defender Fahad Kawooya for Ronnie Kisekka and later William Wadri for Isaac Ntege.

 

However, it was Nkana FC who created most chances with Simon Bwalya, Ronald Kampamba and Francis Kombe coming close but denied by poor finishing.

 

The final whistle meant KCC FC bow out 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw in the first leg.

 

It was Nkana’s fourth victory on Ugandan soil and the jinx by Ugandan clubs failing to eliminate those from Zambia stays.

 

Nkana will now meet Zamalek of Egypt which beat Angola’s Kabuscorp 1-0 on aggregate in the second round.

CREDIT: Kawowo Sport

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