Angolan champions Petro de Luanda progressed to the group stages of the Total CAF Champions League on the away goal rule after a 1-1 draw with Uganda’s Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) at the Lugogo Stadium in Kampala on Friday.
After a goalless draw in the first leg in Luanda two weeks ago, Petro only needed a scoring draw to go through and the moment they scored ahead of the home side, they put themselves firmly in the advantage.
The visitors went ahead in the 34th minute when Ricardo Estevao scored from the spot after KCCA keeper Charles Lukwago fouled Isaac Mensah inside the box.
However, KCCA fought back in the second half and got back on level terms through Mustafa Kizza who finished off a move from Sadat Anaku in the 57th minute. The home side pushed in the final half hour of the game but could not get the match winning goal, despite Kiiza twice coming close with well taken freekicks.
KCCA will now drop to the Total CAF Confederation Cup where they will be drawn in a knockout tie for a chance in the group stages.
Toni Cosano (Head Coach, Petro Atletico)
It was tough playing a very skilled side like KCCA side and we knew its was not going to be easy here. We played well and the penalty made the work easy for us. We contained them and we kept the ball to frustrate them all the time although they got several chances. Now, the focus is on the group stages and we will go step by step because we have several games to play and you improve game by game. The target was to reach the group stage and afresh.
Mike Mutebi (Head Coach, KCCA)
I’m disappointed not to make it to group stages because its where we belong. The boys gave their all, the better team went through and now our focus goes to the CAF Confederation Cup. We have to keep learning from our mistakes at every stage and the young boys will keep improving. The penalty made the difference and experience for the opponent was the difference in the game.
Allan Okello (Midfielder, KCCA)
We missed several chances. I believe we would have scored even three but luck was not on our side today. Now, we have to focus on the other games locally and the CAF Confederation Cup. We are out but not down.