In Uganda, champions Vipers SC will begin their quest for the Orange CAF Champions League without star striker Farouk Miya who is on his way to Belgian side, Standard Liege for a reported fee of $400,000 following his exploits at the CHAN tournament.
The Ugandan giants will be looking forward to break the jinx of not qualifying past the preliminary rounds, a feat they last achieved in 1972.
“We know the task ahead of us here in Kampala and in the return leg few weeks from now. We shall take it step by step by majorly winning at home and take it from there. We have our plan and we shall execute it well come Friday” said new Vipers trainer Nsimbe.
Without Farouk Miya, Vipers will look up to midfielder Keziron Kizito and Erias Ssekisambu who were part of the Cranes squad at the just ended CHAN for experience in the quest for a positive start to their continental campaign.
Elsewhere in the Orange CAF Confederation Cup, 16-time Ugandan champions, SC Villa will make their comeback to continental football after an eight-year absence when they travel to Sudan to face Al Khartoum. Former national midfielder Mike Sserumaga will lead Villa’s quest in Khartoum.