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The veteran tactician now says that he has recovered well from Covid-19 and is ready to take his charges to the next stage.
Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA FC) coach Mike Mutebi promised to help the team beat AS Kigali in the Caf Confederation Cup.
The Kasasiro Boys will seek to overcome a 2-0 deficit, which was awarded to AS Kigali after the team failed to muster a quorum of 15 players during the first leg that was canceled.
Mutebi, did not travel to Kigali for the first leg as he was among the referees and players affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but has now tested negative and led the team again in the second leg on Wednesday at St Mary’s Kitende. Stadium in Kampala.
“It is a possible mission,” Mutebi was quoted as saying by Daily monitor. “I am fully recovered from Covid-19 and I cannot tell you how happy I am working with my team again; we think we can do it. “
Mutebi continued: “Our game plan has never deviated from attacking football, expect that and more when we face Kigali, we will not be under pressure to score early, but the goals must rain.”
Besides Mutebi, others are affected by Covid-19 but have now tested negative before the crash include his assistants Badru Kaddu, Moses Oloya, Jackson Magera, players Charles Lukwago, Denis Iguma, Kezironi Kizito, Brian Aheebwa, Stefano Mazengo , Hassan Matovu, Samson Kigozi and Hassan Musana.
On Saturday, KCCA confirmed that players and officials already at camp had tested negative before the game.
“All players and officials at the camp have been tested for Covid-19 and returned negative results,” the club said on its official website.
“The camp has been organized in accordance with preparations for the Confederation Cup second leg between KCCA and AS Kigali on Wednesday 6 January 2021 at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.”
Despite the problems they face, midfielder Ashraf Mugume is confident that they will turn the tables and advance to the next stage.
The Kasasiro Boys got a bye in the first preliminary round and will face the Rwandan team that eliminated Botswana’s Orapa United. AS Kigali lost the first leg played at Gaborone 2-1 before returning to Kigali to achieve a 2-2 draw and advance the away goals rule.