Uganda’s KCCA FC utilized home advantage when they scored late to beat visiting Cosmos De Bafia 1-0 in the first leg of the preliminary round in the CAF Champions League on Saturday.
Striker Herman Wasswa who had earlier missed several scoring opportunities netted the lone goal in the 82nd minute.
The visiting Cameroonian side managed to contain the home side despite playing with 10-man for the last 35 minutes after Patrick Nai was sent off for a second bookable offence.
In the first half KCCA FC’s goalkeeper was in fine form saving two point blank shots from Marcel Guy Ntjaka and Jacques Jean Mbassi. But KCCA FC’s lead striker Herman Wasswa also had some missed chances.
Later in the second half Cosmos De Bafia had Patrick Nai sent-off for a second bookable offense after he dived in the box. On 58 minutes substitute Paul Mucwerezi should have given KCCA FC the lead, but placed his shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Wasswa had another good chance to score for KCCA FC on 70 minutes, but his header from a William Wadiri cross missed the target. Wasswa later made amends and scored after 82 minutes after beating Comos De Bafia goalkeeper Mengue Tsogo with a hard shot from close range.
KCCA FC Coach Abudallah Mubiru told AfricanFootball.com after the game that they must go back to the drawing board to improve their striking line ahead of the return leg in two weeks’ time in Cameroon.