Vipers SC will be keen on sealing the deal in the second leg of the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League qualifier against Olympic Real De Bangui on Saturday, at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
The Venoms managed a 3-0 victory against the Central African Republic outfit, in Congo Brazaville, but, key players including Yunus Sentamu and Paul Mucureezi, missed out.
Sentamu, who sat out with illness, is available for selection on Saturday.
“Yunus Sentamu is back after the sickness,” revealed head coach Roberto Oliveira alias Robertinho, in a media briefing on Thursday.
“Him (Sentamu), like my captain Milton Karisa, are some of the most important players on the team,” the tactician added.
The Brazilian coach noted: “Mucureezi is not yet physically ready but, he continues to work hard, but he’s also an important player to the team.”
Meanwhile, Robertinho expressed his wariness about Bangui, asserting that the tie is far from over despite the seemingly comfortable advantage.
“We respect every team and we are not taking our opponents for granted. We expect an even harder match on Saturday.”
“But, I have prepared the team well and everyone, from the players, the technical team, and management is ready for the match,” he added.
A draw is enough for Vipers to advance to the next stage and if Bangui doesn’t match the first leg result, the Venoms will face TP Mazembe in the first round of the qualifiers.