By Thomas Odongo
After becoming the first Ugandan football club to reach the group stages of the CAF Champions League following a 1-0 win against Ethiopia’s St George on Saturday, KCCA FC have the main talk dominating sports circles in and out of the city.
Back to Lugogo, former Onduparaka FC goal poacher, Muhammad Shaban was the hero of the day after slotting home from close range just two minutes after the break in what emerged to be the game winner and also his lone effort helped KCCA advance to the group stages of the tournament in question.
With KCCA 'stealing' the headlines, Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President, Moses Magogo has joined the long cue of individuals who have lauded the 'Kasasiro' Boys for their weekend heroics.
''I want to congratulate KCCA for becoming the first Ugandan football club to reach the group stages of the CAF Club Champions League. I am super excited for a variety of reasons,'' noted Magogo.
Magogo explained that this berth earned by KCCA has enhanced FUFA's case of asking for the 3rd slot for clubs to represent Uganda on the continent.
It now implies that Uganda Premier League champions, the Uganda Cup holders and the league runners up could get the opportunity to represent the country at the CAF Champions League.
According to Magogo, KCCA heroics is a sign that fans, players, coaches and management are getting continental experience which will rub off in the domestic leagues, mainly the top flight league.
Magogo also highlighted that KCCA have come a long way without using any short cuts and has now urged other clubs to follow their lead.
Meanwhile, KCCA are currently Shs2 billion shillings ($550,000) richer for that is the amount of money staked for all teams who qualify for this stage.
However, Magogo's praise for KCCA must be having strings attached because every local football governing body will receive its own additional share of 5% of an equivalent amount awarded to the clubs. In this case, FUFA will take Shs100 million of the KCCA FC prize cash.
Magogo also hinted that KCCA will not be the only one to enjoy that cash but rather it is football money.
The next stages of this tournament are very lucrative with the champions set to bag US$ 1 Million, Runner-up: US$750,000, Semi-finalists: US$427,500, 3rd in Group Stage: US$ 261,250, 4th in Group Stage: US$190,000.