Saturday, November 28
*Vipers SC Vs Al Hilal – 4pm
(St Mary’s Stadium)
Vipers will be targeting for nothing but victory when they take on Sudanese giants Al Hilal in the first leg of the CAF Champions League at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
After a period of about nine months of no action since the league was canceled prematurely, it remains to be seen if Vipers will rise to the occasion against a side that played in group stages of this competition last season.
Fred Kajoba has not reported any injury worry beside Umar Kyebatala, who even if fit, would be below the pecking order for a place in the starting team.
This will be the first meeting between the sides, but Vipers will be driven by the fact that they beat Sudanese El Merriekh 2-1 at Kitende about two years back.
However, the opponents will not be a rollover, having had enough days in the country since jetting in on November 24, and has had training sessions at Lugogo artificial turf.
After Saturday’s encounter, the sides meet again for the return leg in Khartoum on December 6 with the winner over two legs facing Ghana’s Asante Kotoko or Mauritania’s Nouadhibou for a place in the lucrative groups.
Al Hilal Express Readiness
The captain of the Al Hilal Abdullatif Saeed says that his team is ready more than ever ahead of the Saturday clash.
He assured Al Jawhara newspaper: “We have succeeded in implementing a distinguished preparatory program during this year, beginning with the local numbers and then the Cairo camp, the results of this preparation will appear during the upcoming round on Saturday, and about the match.”
“It is not going to be an easy match, all the teams that play in the Champions League have the same ambition and cannot be underestimated in any way.”
“Vipers is one of the teams with high potential and plays as one and fast football, but we have a lot of experience in this competition. We hope to return to Sudan with a positive result.”
Burundian Fabien Mutombora will surely start in the posts ahead of promising Bashir Ssekagya.
The fullbacks slots will be occupied by Paul Willa and new signing Disan Galiiwango at right and left back positions respectively.
Geoffrey Wasswa and captain Halid Lwaliwa will man the centre back, despite Rashid Toha and Livingston Mulondo back in training while Bashir Asiku can be a good alternative as well.
Karim Watambala and Siraje Ssentamu are expected to sit in the middle of the park with Allan Kayiwa and Milton Karisa providing width at either side of the wings.
Abram Ndugwa is expected to play behind (read alongside) new signing Caesar Manzoki.
How To Follow Proceedings:
The match is not on TV, and will not be streamed anywhere as it stands.
There will be no fans allowed in a bid to respect government directives.
“We expect to have a very successful event I must say that its a plus for us because we have just hosted the Uganda Cranes under the similar conditions of CAF covid-19 safety restrictions and I believe we are following the same template and even making it better,” Vipers CEO Simon Peter Njuba said.
“To be very clear and precise this is going to be a closed door match where we are going to have no fans, however, we are catering for the fans of Vipers SC and ardent supporters to make sure that they are getting feed for the game, and in this case we are going to have live feeds on our social media pages, live up dates and for those of you who normally visit our website we shall also have live commentary there to cater for the people who are not in the stadium.”
Fans can listen to live radio updates on FUFA FM among other radio stations.