StarTimes Ugandan Premier League top sides Vipers SC and KCCA FC have geared up preparations ahead of tricky 2018/2019 Total CAF Confederation Cup playoff ties this weekend.
Vipers SC will host Tunisian giants Club Sportive Sfaxien on Saturday at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende while KCCA FC travelled Friday morning to battle Congo Brazzaville’s AS Otoho.
KCCA FC will play Sunday at Stade Omnisport Marien Ngouabi d’Owando in the pre-group stage, with the winner qualifying straight for the group stages of the competition.
Vipers SC lost 3-0 on aggregate to Algeria’s CS Constantine in the 2018/2019 Total CAF Champions League and dropped to the second tier competition, while KCCA FC humbled Tanzania’s Mtibwa Sugar FC 5-1 on aggregate to make it to this stage.
“We have stepped up preparations ahead of the game against the Tunisian side. We shall need to work hard because it will be very important to get a comfortable win before we travel for the return leg,” Vipers SC’s new Kenyan coach Michael Ouma told journalists.
The club’s lethal goal scorer Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma, believes they need to take advantage of playing at home first. “We need to work hard as a team and win at home.”
Vipers SC, who sacked Mexican tactician Javier Martinez Espinosa late last month, picked up a morale boosting 3-0 win against Onduparaka FC in the league on Tuesday.
KCCA FC, who completed the first round on top of the 16 team log with 36 points, after their 1-0 win over URA FC to end their unbeaten run, are also enthusiastic to go.
“In the last two years we have reached the Group stage of the Confederations Cup and Champions League and the pressure remains with us to impress again this year,” KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi told www.football-256.com before adding.
“Our target remains to make it to the group stage and this means we must eliminate the teams from Congo Brazzaville.”
If both Vipers and KCCA FC advance, it will be the first time in history that the Ugandan club has two teams playing in the group stages of any CAF club competition.