- Wednesday December 5, 2018
- Caf Champions League, Preliminary Round 2nd leg
- Vipers Vs El Merriekh – St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende 4pm [El Merriekh lead 2-1 from the 1st leg]
Vipers can go past the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League for the first time if they beat Sudan’s El Merriekh by at least 1-0 at Kitende.
The Venoms lost the first leg 2-1 in Khartoum seven days ago and are aware that a win of a desired margin will see them edge closer to the group stages.
Javier Martinez Espinoza feels his charges are ready to clinch victory although he prophecies a very tough match.
“It will be a tough match tomorrow,” said Espinoza. “We are ready for kick off and my players are ready and raring to go,” he added.
“It’s a different match, different environment and for us to go through we must be aggressive and offensive too so expect a change in approach.
There are no injuries to worry about in the Vipers camp and they have been boosted by the return of Davis Kasirye and Steven Mukwala who have been down.
However, they remain without first choice goalie Fabien Mutombora who suffered injury while on international duty as well compatriot Sefu who hasn’t returned to the team.
Football is a team sport and thus calls for maximum effort from the Venoms to get past El Merriekh.
However, they will lead a lethal Daniel Sserunkuma to convert the chances with Moses Waiswa and Taddeo Lwanga running things in the middle.
For El Merriekh, they key players are forward Bakri Almadina and defender cum midfielder Amil Kamal.
Kamal is a very intelligent defender who reads the game well while Al Madina is a serial fox in the box.
- Vipers have never lost at home in a continental game – winning 1-0 against Enyimba, Platinum Stars and drawing 0-0 with Volcan Club.
- Vipers have kept three clean sheets in as many home Caf games.
- ElMerriekh won their last game 2-1 in Uganda against KCCA at Namboole but bowed out 3-2 on aggregate.
- Vipers haven’t kept a clean sheet in their past five games including at home against KCCA and Paidha.
Bashir Sekagya (GK), Ibrahim Kiyemba, Geoffrey Wasswa, Halid Lwaliwa, Yayo Lutimba, Taddeo Lwanga ©, Brian Nkuubi, Moses Waiswa, Duncan Sseninde, Noah Wafula, Daniel Sserunkuma