Milton Karisa is confident he will return from the recent injury lay-off a more complete player in time for Vipers SC second round campaign of the 2020/21 StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

The pacey forward has only made one appearance this season – the 5-3 win away at Busoga United in Njeru last December. He then suffered a thigh injury while on international duty in January.

Karisa was named in the starting lineup that faced Busoga and scored for his side but is expected to be back for the Venoms home encounter against Busoga United on April 13.

And the Uganda Cranes player is determined to make a contribution.

“It’s been tough watching and supporting the team from the stands. It’s been weeks of both pain and self-belief for me but thank God the injury has gone. I can’t wait to play with my mates once again,” Karisa said.

“A lot of things have happened since I got out and it has given me the opportunity to work on different parts of my game for example power among other things.

“Yes, I am now feeling better and stronger than before and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch to play for my team as soon as possible. I think this is the perfect time for me because I have missed so much already,” he added.

The former Bul FC player is one of the most experienced players in the Venoms squad and his return will be timely in the champions’ quest to return to the top of the table and also retain the title.

Fred Kajoba acknowledges they missed so much from him but is confident it’s not too late either.

“We had to play over 10 games without him something we did not expect. It was not easy for us. Karisa is a special player and has been working hard to get back.” Kajoba explained.

“We have to continue supporting him and hope he will give the team more upon his return in the second round.”

Karisa’s return will boost and sharpen Vipers already rich frontline that has Yunus Sentamu, Cesar Manzoki, Shaban Muhammad, Dan Sserunkuma, Richard Basangwa and Najib Yiga who have all fared quite well.

Vipers kick start the second round of the UPL with a trip to Bombo where they will face UPDF on April 2, 2021.

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