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Our Strategy Worked Against Al Merreikh- Espinoza


Vipers Sports Club progressed to the first round of the Total CAF Champions League on Wednesday after eliminating Sudanese side Al Merreikh.

A 1-0 win at St.Mary’s stadium, Kitende courtesy of Abraham Ndugwa’s strike ensured the Venoms advanced on away goals rule after the tie end in 2-2 draw on aggregate.

Despite, the team playing unconvincingly, manager Javier Martinez Espinoza indicated their strategy worked well and helped them advance.

” It was a tough game but we managed to come out victorious and most importantly we made it to the next stage,” he said before adding, ” I think the strategy we employed to go out and attack worked for us.”

Espinoza made two changes from the team that started away in Khartoum with Brian Nkuubi and Dan Mzee Sserunkuma starting in the midfield and up front respectively.

With Al Merreikh opting to play cautiously in the first stanza, Vipers SC sought for an early goal but were not effective enough especially in the final third and failed to take away the chances they got.

It was until the second half when Ndugwa found the much needed opener and eventual winner.


Asked why he was quick to make a double change midway through the second half more so bringing on two offensive players, Espinoza explained that they needed big men that would fall back and as well go forward.

Abraham Ndugwa and Moses Waiswa paved way for Noah Wafula and Davis Kasirye in the 54th minute.

” We knew our opponents would want to go at us after conceding and thus we needed players that would offer us both on the offensive and defence end. Kasirye and Wafula are big men and I believe they did well today.”

Vipers SC will now face Club Sportive Constantine from Algeria in the first round where the winner will progress

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