Caf Confederation Cup: AS Kigali must win the first leg vs KCCA FC – Nshimiyimana

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The Rwandan team have already set their sights on facing the Kassasiro Boys in the first leg scheduled for Nyamirambo Stadium

AS Kigali strategist Eric Nshimiyimana says preparations for their Caf Confederation Cup clash against KCCA FC have already started.

The Rwanda side have faced former Ugandan champions in the second round of the competition, with the first leg scheduled for Kigali on December 22-23 and the return leg on January 5-6 in Kampala.

Nshimiyimana has revealed that they have started preparations for the match because they know how good the KCCA are, and they also promised to make sure they use home advantage before the second leg.

“KCCA is a very good site with good quality players,” said Nshimiyimana, who has been an AS Kigali coach for more than six years, as quoted by New Times.

“My plan is to start watching videos of their games to evaluate their style of play and tactics.

The 45-year-old also explained the importance of winning the first leg at home, saying: “We have to make good use of the home advantage if we want this team to progress.”

AS Kigali reached the next round of the competition in the away rule after eliminating Botswana’s Orapa. After losing the first leg 2-1 on the road, AS Kigali returned home to win 1-0 thanks to a goal from Nigerian forward Lawal Aboubakal and advanced after the draw ended 2-2 thanks to his goal scored in the first leg.

On the other hand, KCCA was among the teams that received a pass to the next second round of the competition.

The KCCA was confirmed as the representative of the nation’s Confederation Cup when the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) canceled the Uganda Cup, a tournament that normally has the team choose the continental berth.

Last season, KCCA were in the Champions League and were eliminated by Petro Atletico of Angola after a 1-1 draw in Kampala in September 2019, as they had recorded a goalless draw in Luanda.

After the elimination of Vipers FC from the Champions League by Al-Hilal Omdurman on Sunday, it means that the Kassasiro Boys are the only Ugandan team left in continental competitions.

The 2019 champions already began their UPL campaign with a 2-1 win over Bright Stars on Thursday.

Last season AS Kigali were eliminated from the Confederation Cup in the first round by another Ugandan team, Proline FC.

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