CAF CC: Usama shines but KCCA bow out

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David GOMBE

KCCA FC bowed out of the CAF Confederation Cup despite their 3-2 win over Libya’s Abu Salem in the return leg of the final Preliminary round at St.Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Saturday.

The Kasasiro Boys crashed out 5-4 on aggregate.

Abu Salem matched on to the group stages of the competition. The Libyan side won the first leg 3-1 in Tunisia.

Abu Salim players celebrate at Kitende

Goals from Muhammad Shaban and a brace from second half substitute Usama Arafat were not enough to send the Lugogo outfit into the group stages.

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Abdulmunem Aleiyan and Peter Nworah netted for the visitors.

Shaban gave KCCA FC the lead in the first period with a cool finish.

The visitors restored parity in 69th minute with a well converted Aleiyan penalty.

With seven minutes to normal time, Usama made 2-1 for KCCA FC with a timely header but the lead shortlived when custodian Juma Mutebi failed to save Nworah’s effort moments later.

In added time, Usama completed his brace with another header.

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KCCA will now concentrate on the league and they will next host Maroons FC on Tuesday at Lugogo.

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