*Featured Image: Vipers Coach Nam Michael Ouma (Vipers SC media).
Vipers SC head coach Michael Nam Ouma has praised his side following a 4-0 convincing win over Kansai Plascon at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Tuesday.
The Venoms put up a show on their way to reaching the Uganda Cup round of 16, much to Ouma’s delight.
Vipers cruised through courtesy of a brace from Abraham Ndugwa after
Kyobe Desmond (Own goal) and Halid Lwaliwa had give the side an advantage at the break.
Ouma, speaking after a one-sided affair noted: “It was a good performance from the boys, we played well and managed to dominate the game.
“The only worry is that we did not get our goals easily.”
It should be noted that Vipers got their first goal on the day in the 17th minute after near misses from Tito Okello, Abraham Ndugwa and Innocent Wafula.
Ouma who joined Vipers following the sacking of Javier Martinez Espinoza, piled praise to brace hero Ndugwa saying that forward’s good display propelled the team to victory, adding that he hopes that the player can replicate such performances in the upcoming games.
When asked about Ndugwa’s guarantee in the first eleven, he said: I have a good football team, but not a definite first eleven.”
It should be noted that Vipers have won the Uganda Cup once, beating Onduparaka FC 3-1 in the 2015/16 season in the finals. The club has lost three finals – URA (2012), Victoria University (2013) and KCCA (2018).
Good Warm Up Ahead Of Sfaxien Tie
Following their goalless draw with Tunisian opponents CS Sfaxien, the club needed momentum to instill confidence in the players before the return leg.
Vipers will need at least a scoring draw against Sfaxien to cement their place in the CAF Confederation Cup group stages.
Against Plascon, the team rested most of their players and the second bunch did not disappoint, though the opponents did not ask plenty of questions.
Aggrey Madoi was brilliant on the day and he will be the club’s left back option in Tunis following the suspension of Yayo Lutimba. Lutimba has accumulated two yellow cards (against El Merreik and Sfaxien).
Ndugwa’s knack for good goals may give the technical team a second thought and the former Masavu skipper may start in Tunisia.
The big concern, however came on late in the game when Centre back Halid Lwaliwa limped off and he may be a doubt. Livingston Mulondo and Geoffrey Wasswa may be the preferred pairing at the back if Lwaliwa fails to return on time.