Mutebi pays the price for lack of defensive stability

Mutebi pays the price for lack of defensive stability
Mutebi pays the price for lack of defensive stability

Africa-PressUganda. Decision Making. Many expected Magambo, who had impressed in the opening three games to be reinstated at the heart of defence but instead coach Mutebi opted for Musa Ramathan, who had been away with the national U-20 side for Cecafa

The general feeling as KCCA were eliminated by AS Kigali in the first round of the Caf Confederation Cup on away goals rule is that they had given it their best shot. The Yellow boys won the second leg at Kitende 3-1 after continental body Caf awarded Kigali a 2-0 first leg advantage.Going into the game, few doubted KCCA’s ability to score goals especially with the kind of in-form strikers Brian Ahebwa and Sam Ssenyonjo were boasting of 12 goals in five league games.

That idea was given further credence by Ahebwa plundering a hat-trick that almost dragged his team to the line.Questions however lingered over their defensive ability with the club going into the tie against the Kigali side after conceding four goals in the losses to SC Villa and URA.

The loses came on the back of a three-game winning start in which Peter Magambo excelled at the heart of defence.Coach, however, Mike Mutebi decided to rotate with Samuel Kato starting both the SC Villa and URA games.With Kato below par during those two games, Mutebi made further changes yesterday to his backline.

Many expected Magambo ,who had impressed in the opening three games to be reinstated. Instead Mutebi opted for Musa Ramathan who had been away with the national under-20 team at the Cecafa tournament starting as part of a three man backline alongside Dennis Guma and Herbert Achai.

The youngster was however at fault for the goal KCCA conceded, needlessly fouling Abubakar Lawal in the 18-yard area for the penalty.While the defender has his strengths including having a strong physical presence and being strong in the tackle, he is prone to a rush of blood as evidenced in his send off for an elbow in the goalless draw against South Sudan at the Cecafa Under-20 tournament.

“Any player I select I do so after analysis. This was our best team,” Mutebi insisted in the post-match press conference.Few however will agree with his decision. Magambo had been KCCA’s best defender but last started a game in the 2-0 win over Mbarara before being dropped for the SC Villa game.In typical Mutebi fashion however no outfield player ever seems certain of a starting [email protected]


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