CAF Champions League | Dec -22- 2018
Vipers Vs CS Constantine (Agg: 0-1) | 4pm | St Mary’s Stadium
Vipers Sports Club host Algerian side CS Constantine at the St Mary’s stadium tomorrow (December 22) in a return leg of the Caf Champions League.
The Venoms who lost 1-0 away in Constantine in the first leg must win with a two goal margin to qualify for their ever first group stages of the clubs competition.
Javier Martinez Espinoza’s charges know the magnitude of qualifying to the next level and have to bring their ‘A’ game if they are to make this a reality.
“This is a tough competition where every opponent is a champion. We know it is not going to be a walk in the park for us but team work will be our weapon in this encounter.” Vipers defender Geofrey Wasswa explained.
Despite coming into this tie with a slim advantage, CS Constantine face a task of breaking Vipers home record which stretches to 13 months minus a loss.
The Venoms have not lost at home in Caf engagements; they beat Enyimba FC from Nigeria 1-0, drew 0-0 with Comoros’ Volcan de Moroni and recently won 1-0 over El Merriekh of Sudan.
The spirits are high after mauling stubborn domestic opponents Bul FC 3-1 on Wednesday away in Njeru.
Any win with a two goal margin will not only see Vipers through to the money bracket but will mark a milestone for the club since officially moving to their magnificent refurbished home in Kitende.
Goalkeeper Bashir Ssekagya is ruled out of this game after suffering a knee injury during the 1-0 defeat to CS Constantine last Friday.
Therefore either Derrick Ochan who made his league debut against BUL FC or Fabien Mutombora will be selected to start in goal on Saturday.
Steven Mukwala is unavailable as he is in Tanzania for the East African University Games with Kampala International University (KIU).
Vipers captain Tadeo Lwanga who missed the first leg in Constantine may return to the starting team but will face a late fitness test.