Vipers SC Captain says it was not a walk in the park despite a 3-0 win over Real Olympic De Bangui in the first leg of the CAF champions League preliminary round.
The Kitende based club picked a vital win over the Central African Republic side, thanks to each goal from Abdul Kumakya, Isa Mubiru and Najib Yiga.
Speaking after his first game as Vipers Captain, Karisa first thanked the coaches, teammates and club management for motivating the before the game.
“I think the coaches words helped us, he told us we should give our all and do it as a team. I also thank my teammates for giving 100% on the pitch. Also big thanks goes to the club management, we arrived on time, organisation was good,” Karisa told the club’s media.
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Despite the win on the day, there were a lot of shortcomings especially to the hosts.
Firstly, the game had to start three hours after the initially scheduled kickoff as the hosts arrives late in Brazzaville.
Adding on that, different reports have it that Bangui travelled in bunches, with the first arriving two hours before kickoff time and also used eight players on the day.
But for Karisa, he says it wasn’t a walk in the park after the 90 minutes.
“The result makes you think it was an easy game but it wasn’t especially that we were away from home.”
The Venoms will host the central African Republic side on Saturday for the second leg at the St. Mary’s stadium.
He added that the game is not yet over and thus called upon fans to come and cheer the team at Kitende.
“It’s not yet over, I call upon our fans, come and support us to see that we go the next round.”
With a 3-0 advantage, Vipers will need any positive result at home to reach the second round of the preliminary round where they will face TP Mazembe who earned a bye to this stage.