Saturday, September 10
*Olympic Real De Bangui Vs Vipers SC, 6pm
Vipers will be targeting for a positive result when they face off with Olympic Real De Bangui of Central Africa Republic in the Preliminary round first leg of the CAF Champions League.
The match will be played in Congo Brazzaville at the Stade Alphonse Massamba Debat.
The Venoms reached this stage having won the Uganda Premier League last season when they finished the season with 74 points for their fifth title.
They have had adequate preparations including two international friendlies against Young Africans (2-0) and Rayon Sports (1-0) in Tanzania and Rwanda in that order.
Vipers assistant coach Marcelo Cardoso is optimistic ahead of Saturday’s tie: “The results we picked during our preparations showed clearly the level of Vipers at the moment.”
“We are ready to give a good performance as we want to attain a great result.
“We have built a strong team for more than a year and the building will continue because we lost a few important players and have only replaced them recently.”
“We are looking forward to qualifying to the next round and that’s the most important thing for everyone involved.”
Since winning the league, Vipers have since lost a couple of key players including last season’s top scorer Cesar Manzoki who has joined Chinese League.
His striking partner Yunus Ssentamu remained home due to Malaria while Paul Mucureezi is nursing an injury.
Last season’s Captain Halid Lwaliwa has joined North Macedonia side Bregalnica FC, and the armband has been passed to Winger Milton Karisa.
Left back Aziz Kayondo joined Real Monarchs while Bobosi Byaruhanga will be signing for Czech Republic side MFK Vyzkov.
But they have bolstered their squad with a couple of new faces including Marvin Youngman, Lumala Abdul, Ashraf Mandela, Abubakar Lawal, Cromwell Rwothomio and Murushid Juuko among others.
The second leg is slated for Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
At the second round, awaiting is DR Congo Giants TP Mazembe who have been exempted from the first round!
And if Vipers negotiate past Mazembe, they sail through to the lucrative group stages, a feat only achieved by KCCA FC.
But a defeat at the second round will see Vipers drop down to CAF Confederation Cup playoff stage.
Bangui is the defending champion of Central Africa Republic league after winning the title for a 13th time last season.
Vipers Probable Lineup – Fabien Mutombora, Ashraf Mandela, Isa Mubiru, Livingstone Mulondo, Murushid Juuko, Siraje Ssentamu, Marvin Joseph Youngman, Milton Karisa, Najib Yiga, Abubakar Lawal, Lumala Abdu