Wednesday, November 28
Al Merriekh vs SC Vipers, 8:30 PM
SC Vipers start their continental journey away in Khartoum, Sudan as they take on Al Merriekh on Wednesday.
This is a CAF Champions league preliminary qualification first leg encounter and the sides will again face off for the second leg on December 5 at St Mary’s stadium in Kitende.
Winner of this tie on aggregate will reach the first round to face the Victor between CS Constatine (Algeria) and Gamtel (Gambia).
The Venoms will be looking to clinching the continental group stages spot, for their second time of asking.
Vipers, in February 2016, was eliminated by Nigeria’s giants Enyimba – Erisa Sekisambu gave Vipers a slender 1-0 lead in the first leg but a brace from Mfon Udoh in the return leg gave Enyimba a 2-1 aggregate victory.
This time round, the draw gifted Vipers with a home return leg. The side will look to capitalise on the advantage with a positive result in Khartoum.
“We go into this game seeking for a good result away in Khartoum. It is important that we won our last league game therefore we go into this game with our spirits high. The players are in good shape and ready to fight for a positive result,” Vipers SC coach Martinez Javier Espinoza as quoted by the club website.
Espinoza who is yet to win the hearts of the Venoms, has been criticised for alternating his squad on several occasions back in the league where they sit joint top with KCCA on 15 points.
Martinez will now take a gamble on either Bashir Ssekagya or Derick Ochan in goal as the club didn’t travel with number one choice shot stopper Fabien Mutombora who was ruled out with an injury.
In the other advanced positions, Vipers welcome back star players like Taddeo Lwanga and Moses Waisswa who missed the weekend action as Vipers finished it late over Paidha.
This, will be the third meeting between the clubs. The club drew goalless in an international friendly in 2008 and the side finished one all in CECAFA cup group stages held in 2011 in Tanzania.
Vipers Players in Sudan:
Bashir Ssekagya and Derrick Ochan
Defenders Ibrahim Kiyemba, Livingstone Mulondo, Geoffrey Wasswa, Bashir Asiku, Halid Lwalilwa, Yayo Lutimba
Taddeo Lwanga, Moses Waiswa, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Duncan Sseninde, Brian Nkuubi, Abraham Ndugwa
Tito Okello, Brian Kalumba, Noah Wafula, Dan Sserunkuma