Vipers SC head coach will face his toughest task since taking over from Miguel Damn coast at Vipers SC.
He will be seeking for a positive result when Vipers lock horns with Sudanese giants El Merreikh in the CAF Champions league preliminary round first leg contest at Omdurman Stadium, Khartoum.
The Kitende outfit are taking part in the competition for the second time in the club’s history having bowed out on the same round to Nigeria’s Enyimba FC on aggregate 2-1.
On the other hand, the Red Devils will be taking part in the CAF Champions league for the 20th time and the best they have ever achieved is finishing as semifinalists in 2015.
Last season, the Sudanese representatives lost on this round to Botswana side Township Rollers 4-2 on aggregate.
This will be the 37th time in total that El Merreikh will be participating in the CAF Championships. They are also 1989 CAF Confederations cup champions.
Javier Martinez’s charges come into this encounter after a 2-1 victory against Paidha Black Angels while El Merreikh and Al Khartoum played to a 1-1 draw at Omdurman Stadium.
Javier Martinez is the man charged with steering Vipers SC to the group stages says his side head into this game seeking for positive results
“We go into this game seeking for a good result away to El Merreikh. It is important that we head into this game after winning our previous game against Paidha. Therefore the spirits are high and everyone is in good shape for this game.”
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Uganda’s representatives will miss the services of first choice custodian Fabien Mutombora through injury. His deputy Bashir Sekagya is likely to fill his void.
The duo of Moses Waiswa and Skipper Taddeo Lwanga are expected to be productive after missing the previous league game following their engagements in the national side. Dan Sserunkuma, Abraham Ndugwa and Geoffrey Wasswa will also be tasked to inspire the visitors to dreamland.
Mohamed Abdallah Mazda coached side will rely on their past experience in the competition to win the day.
This will be Martinez’s toughest task since replacing Portuguese tactician Miguel Da Costa and all that awaits is how he will set up against one of the oldest African football clubs. The second leg is slated for 5th December at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
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Brahim El Hamiaoui