Can Vipers’ makeshift managers overcome Sfaxien test?
FOOTBALL | To put into perspective the size of task that awaits Vipers Sports Club in their next 180 minutes on the continent, their opponents CS Sfaxien have won Caf Confederations Cup four times and the Super Cup thrice.
However, they have not registered any success since 2013.
On Saturday afternoon, the Kitende-based team, with an interim technical bench, will be looking to avoid a similar scenario where they lost 2-0 to a little known CS Constantine from Algeria at home to bow out of the Champions League.
In Sfaxien, they face a side that has the experience on the continent unlike the Venoms who are playing only their seventh game on the continent.
It’s not yet clear who calls the tactical shots between Edward Golola — who looks more active when commanding — or Michael Ouma, who the club says is the head coach but it is clear that the club has their work cut out-they must get a result at home.
The Tunisians have conceded only one goal in seven Caf Confederations games at their fortress in aïeb Mhiri stadium. However, Vipers should be boosted by the fact that their opponents are poor travellers.
They have won only two of their nine away games in this competition with five losses on the way.
“We are playing at home and have to give our fans a good game,” Ouma said in his pre-match interview.
“We shall not take this match lightly,” he added.
Ouma and Golola have no choice but to look for as many goals and avoid the setback of the Arabs picking an away goal.
Vipers will welcome back their influential skipper Tadeo Lwanga after missing the previous fixtures against Constantine while Halid Lwaliwa will have to convince the medical team that he is fit later on.
Fred Okot is still absence but that void is expected to be ably filled by new-signing Innocent Wafula who has made the match day squad.
The aggregate winner of this fixture will advance to the group stage and earn about $275,000 (about Shs 990 million).