Match Preview: Champions start league title defense against debutants.

KCCA FC will commence league title defense against newly promoted side Wakiso Giants FC on 31st August 2019 at Startimes Stadium, Lugogo at 3pm.

The 13 times Uganda Premier League Champions know that victory on opening day would breath a sigh of hope and belief in the title chase this season.

Speaking to, KCCA FC’s Manager Mike Hillary Mutebi had this to say;

We want to win our first game of the new season. We cannot afford to start on a low. We respect our opponents and there is no better way to show respect than at home on opening day.

Mike Mutebi – KCCA FC Manager

Last term, KCCA FC beat Tooro United 2-1 in the opening fixture of the season and later went on to clinch the 2018-19 title with 66 points in 30 games.

KCCA FC players and technical staff celebrate winning the Super Cup, one of the trophies the club has bagged during the pre season

On readiness for the new season, Jackson Nunda spoke to;

We want to retain the league and we can only do that by playing better than we did last season. Every one is going to try to stop us because we are Champions but we shall ensure we have answers to questions asked to us. The mission is clear to all of us #MissionUPL14.

Jackson Nunda – KCCA FC forward
Jackson Nunda (R) in action during the Pre Season at Startimes Stadium, Lugogo

KCCA players rested for a month after clinching the 13th Uganda Premier League and got back to business, preparing for the CECAFA Club’s Cup in Kigali which was largely used as a precursor, ahead of the bust season but eventually emerged victors of the regional tournament.

Then came the CAF Champions League qualifier game against African Stars that the team won 4-3 on aggregate, Pilsner Super Eight tournament and the Super Cup which the team won for the fourth year on the bounce.

The pre-season has been a roller-coaster of sorts for the Kasasiro boys. And while one might argue that they team has not had proper rest ahead of a busy season, Manager Mutebi thinks otherwise;

World over, professional footballers are subjected to a good number of games and must compete highly. This is the same culture we want to instill in our players to get their fitness levels up and to ensure they are match fit. But also, not forgetting resting and recovery is a key factor in the output of a player. We have tried to manage this well given the busy schedule we have had in the pre-season.

Mike Mutebi
KCCA FC Manager Mike Mutebi gestures during a press conference

Newly promoted side Wakiso Giants lost 2-0 in the last competitive game against KCCA in the Pilsner Super Eight tournament during the pre-season. Teenagers Allan Okello and Anaku Sadat providing the goals in the fixture.

The debutants will be hoping they have fixed the pieces of the puzzle to negotiate a result at KCCA’s home.

The tie will be a reunion of sorts for a number of former Kasasiro boys now at Wakiso Giants. Hakim Senkumba, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Hassan Wasswa Dazo, Fahad Kawooya, Muwadda Mawejje, Namwanja and Tom Masiko are some of the players that have played for KCCA before but now ply their trade at the Wakiso based side.

KCCA FC will miss the services of Julius Poloto, Sadam Juma and Jurua Hassan all who are recovering from injury.

Julius Poloto is steadily recovering from a knee injury and will have a part to play in the 2019/20 season

The defending Champions start life in the league without Allan Kyambadde, Timothy Awany and Patrick Kaddu all who have since moved for professional stints in Egypt, Israel and Morocco respectively.

Mike Mutebi speaks confidently of his new signings and he believes they can fill the void.

We have brought Sekisambu, Serunkuma and Revita and we trust they will deliver for us. They now know the demands of the club especially after playing a few games in the pre-season and hopefully they can settle in quickly. On top of that, we have promoted six players from our academy who we think are ready for senior team football. We also trust they will serve us well.

Mike Mutebi
New signings John Revita, Simon Serunkuma and Erisa Sekisambu