By Edwin Kyle Kule
StarTimes Uganda Premier League side, Vipers SC is in Khartoum, Sudan ahead of their CAF Champions League preliminary round qualifier against Al Hilal on Sunday.
The Venoms’ preparations for the game were hit with a major challenge after six of their first-team players tested positive for coronavirus.
Captain Halid Lwaliwa, Geofrey Wasswa, Abdul Karim Watambala, Abraham Ndugwa, Milton Kariisa who started the first leg at Kitende and Livingstone Madondo who was on the bench were ruled out of the return leg after positive COVID-19 tests.
However, the Vipers camp at the Hotel Coral Khartoum has been boosted by the arrival of four youngsters who arrived from the CECAFA U20 Challenge Cup.
Najib Yiga, Joseph Dhata, Aziz Kayondo and Bobosi Byaruhanga on Friday morning boarded an Ethiopian Airlines flight to join the 18 players who made the trip to Sudan.
The Fred Kajoba coached side is aiming for at least a 2-0 win from Sunday’s game if they are to make it to the next round after losing 1-0 in the first leg at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende.
The first leg result together with the COVID-19 disruption left the progression chances hanging on thread.
Viper’s ultimate target this season was to make it to the group stage of CAF Champions League but it remains a question unanswered till Sunday.