In the Total CAF Champions League first round encounter Ethiopian flag bearers Kidus Giorgis entertains Ugandan champions KCCA in Addis Ababa Stadium on March 7, 2018. The record Ethiopian champions have been struggling this season as they got a walk over against South Sudanese side Al Salam Wau in the preliminaries.
Burkinabe import Abdulkerim Nikiema told Soccer Ethiopia that admitted the Horsemen are not doing well in the domestic arena but hopes that the club will get back to form soon. “I know we are not winning recently but we are still Kidus Giorgis. We are trying our best and I hope we will come back stronger.”
Kidus Giorgis’s recent poor form culminated when they lost to Hawassa Ketema 4-1 on week 15 Ethiopian premier league last week. The club is six points adrift of league leaders Dedebit. Nikima stated they are fully aware of the threats posed by KCCA when the two sides lock horns on Wednesday. ” We managed to see some video footages of KCCA playing and I think we are prepared well mentally and physically. Our aim is to qualify for the group stages by knocking KCCA out of the tournament. We want to go even further in the competition so we need to be focused and get the job done against KCCA in order for us to get a positive likewise favorable result.”
The former Burkina Faso U-20 national side midfielder is on his second year stay with Kidus Giorgis. He won the league title and Champions League group stage participation with Kidus Giorgis in his maiden season.