Vipers Seeks First CAF Champions League Win

Uganda’s representatives in the Total Energies CAF Champions League Vipers FC will on Saturday battle Guinea giants Horoya Athletic Club at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende.  

The match is expected to be tightly contested, with both sides eager to secure the three points in their bid to advance to the knockout stages.

Vipers SC will be relying on their home advantage to bounce back after they were defeated by Morocco’s Raja Casablanca 5-0 in a match played at Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca a week ago.

Vipers team made a few blunders in their debut, which the hosts took advantage of to punish them.

Coach Beto Bianchi, who is only in charge of the Vipers for this second continental encounter, will need to make the necessary tactical adjustments and team improvements in order to compete against a highly motivated Horoya club that overcame Tanzanian powerhouse Simba SC in their first game.

Beto, however, appears to be more confident than before. In a pre-match press conference, he assured journalists that the team is already focused on the future and has forgotten about the past.  

“We should quickly forget the first match against Raja Casablanca, and must now focus on what lies ahead of us. It doesn’t help us to keep thinking of what has already happened, because we still have five games to play in the group stages, so the focus should be on getting the best results possible,” he said.

He added that his players had responded well to training in the previous week, and he believes they can make amends in their second game, which is on home ground.  

“We have worked well, I have seen the better reactions from the players during training, the intensity is good, and am confident that our preparations give us an advantage against Horoya Athletic Club”

Vipers Captain Milton Karisa equally says that they are ready to make amends after learning from their mistakes that cost them the previous game. “We are very ready. We lost the first match and that sets the mark for us. Everybody is willing and ready to die a little for Vipers because we know how good we can be if we play to our potential.” He said.

With zero points and five goals against them, Vipers are currently last in the group, whilst Horoya is second with the same number of points as Raja Casablanca, who are currently in the first place. 

Vipers is the second Ugandan club to play in the lucrative CAF Champions League group stages after their counterparts KCCA FC did in 2018.

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