CAF CL: Vipers host Raja Casablanca as they target maiden victory
Vipers will dare to dream differently when they host group leaders Raja Casablanca in a CAF Champions League return leg clash at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende on Saturday evening.
The Venoms will have their guns cocked for this big outing as they seek to avenge the huge-margin loss in North Africa and restore dented pride.
The Moroccans dominated and inflicted a 5-0 painful defeat on Match Day One, but with Alex Isabirye now in charge at Kitende, the Venoms will be keen to show a change in fortunes.
“I am a competitor, I don’t participate, and if you’re a competitor you have to be at your absolute best no matter the situation and the opponent you’re facing,” Isabirye said before adding.
“In the few days I have been here, I have tried to work on improving their confidence, and I know that they are a good group,” he explained.
Raja Casablanca have already progressed to the knockout stages as table-toppers, but Isabirye feels his charges can match their experienced opposites.
“They played the first game, and they know how tough it is to play against Raja, so it is now about us to show that we can be at those levels as well, and I believe we can get a result.”
“To the fans, we need your support. Without you it’s not the same, so please come and back us so that we can win together. The players will bring their best and they will fight for you,” he added.
Karim Watambala misses out on this tie after aftering an eye problem in our last game against Wakiso Giants on Tuesday.
Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye is sidelined with a painful ankle injury he suffered during training.
Milton Karisa is still out with a hamstring problem but is hoping to integrate back into light training with the squad soon.
Defender Murushid Juuko, goalkeeper Denis Kiggundu and midfielder Marvin Joseph Youngman remain out.