Daunting tests for KCCA FC and Vipers | CAF CC 

By Clive Kyazze

KCCA FC and Vipers SC’s chances of qualifying for the 2018/2019 Total CAF Confederation Cup group stages will be put to the test come next month.

The league Champions Vipers were drawn against four time winners of the competition CS Sfaxien.

The Tunisians giants will visit Kampala first on January 12 with an aim of putting their Ugandan counterparts in their place.

CS Sfaxien joined the competition at the first round stage defeating Green Buffaloes of Zambia 4-1 on aggregate.

If playing Constantine of Algeria in the 2018/2019 CAF Champions League was the toughest coaching test for Javier Espinoza, facing CS Sfaxien surpasses that.

CS Sfaxien are coached by Dutch legend Rudolf Jozef Krol, who is at the club in his second stint but a well travelled tactician on the African continent having also coached in Libya, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa.

The two time World Cup silver medalist was the last manager to win CS Sfaxien a continental title when they lifted the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup crown. 

Vipers will have to be at their best behavior on the field of play over both legs if they are to achieve their continental dream. 

Not that’s the other representative, KCCA FC have an easier fixture in debutants AS Otôho.

The Congolese league winners are novices to this stage and that alone makes the fixture already tricky for Mike Mutebi.

As Otoho are dropping from the Champions League where they eliminated DC Premeiro Agosto on away goals rule after their 4-4 aggregate score in the preliminary round.

But they were eliminated at the first round stage by Zimbabwean champions FC Platinum again on away goals rule after the tie was tied 1-1 on aggregate.


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