Expect goals from Vipers in Tunisia

By Clive Kyazze

In the away games Vipers have played on the continent, they managed to score away from home twice, and on both occasions an away goal has seen them advance to the next round.

In 2016 during the preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup, Deus Bukenya scored for Vipers against Comoros side Volcan Club de Moroni in the one all draw to advance on away goals rule. The first leg at Namboole had ended 0-0.

Their next fixture was against Platinum Stars, Vipers carried a 1-0 aggregate to South Africa but lost the tie 3-2 on aggregate, Milton Karisa scored in both ties but it wasn’t enough to see them through.

Last year against El Merriekh of Sudan, Daniel Sserunkuma scored for Vipers in the 2-1 loss to the Sudanese champions.

In the return leg in Kampala, Abraham Ndugwa got the all important strike for Vipers to tie the aggregate 2-2 and advance on way goal’s rule.

Their coach Michael Nam Ouma has only been in charge of one CAF tie, the barren draw against SC Sfaxien at St Mary’s Stadium.

With the return leg in Tunisia coming a few days from now, Nam says Vipers can score goals and advance to the group stages of the 2018/2019 Total CAF Confederation Cup. 

“We have very high hopes going into the return leg. We are going to try very much there to get goals and win. The result in the first leg favours us not them,” Nam.

Nam was unlucky not to win his first game on the continent as Vipers coach, but his team showed signs of improving especially with the way they expressed themselves and created chances.

“It was a good game, in the past we were struggling to create chances, now we can create chances which is a positive on our side as coaches. And soon you will see goals coming.”

Much as they didn’t score against SC Sfaxien at Kitende, Nam and company can have goal scoring options coming from everywhere. 

From midfield, Tadeo Lwanga and Moses Waiswa always put in a shift to take the burden away from Tito Okello and Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma. All four got close but were always kept at bay by CS Sfaxien goalie Dahmen Aymen.

Vipers just need to avoid defeat with a scoring draw to advance to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup group stages, it will be a first in the club’s history. 

Vipers away form on the continent

2016: Enyimba 2-0 Vipers

2017: VC De Moroni 1-1 Vipers

2017: Platinum Star 3-1 Vipers

2018: El Merriekh 2-1 Vipers

2018: Constantine 1-0 Vipers

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