Egypt legend and now coach of El Masry, Hossam Hassan is upbeat his charges have what it takes to tame hosts Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) when the two sides face-off in the 2nd 1/16th round first leg clash on Saturday in Kampala.
Hossam told CAFOnline.com moments upon arrival in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Wednesday afternoon that despite having little information about their opponents, they are “here to get a win ahead of the return leg”.
“We are going all out to get a good result in Kampala so that it makes our work easier in the return leg,” said Hossam, the famous of the Hassan brothers. His brother Ibrahim works alongside him as Football Director.
The 50-year old, no stranger to continental club football having won titles with Egyptian giants, Al Ahly and Zamalek, reckons KCCA are the strongest team in Uganda, but his side “is ready to play a very tactical game and get the results”.
Influential duo, Ahmed Shoukry and Ahmed Gomaa who scored in Masry’s 2-0 win over ENPPI in the Egyptian Premier League last Sunday, also traveled with the contingent.
While Masry sit third in the Egyptian Premier league, their host KCCA moved to second spot in the Ugandan league log last Tuesday after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Bright Stars.
The Uganda champions were ejected by CAF Champions League holders, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, 3-2 on aggregate in the premier continental club championship before dropping to the second-tier Total CAF Confederation Cup.
KCCA coach, Mike Mutebi, has said that they will not over-respect the Egyptian team.
“We know their blend of football which is a high passing approach, but we know where to get them,” he added.
The Ugandans will however miss the services of dependable defender, Joseph Ochaya, who joined Zambian side Lusaka Dynamos two weeks ago.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football