KAMPALA- It won’t need rocket science for Vipers to identify Platinum Stars’ Achilles heel - the leaky defence.
After allowing in two goals in Platinum’s 3-2 win over Amazulu in the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday, head coach Calvin Johnson decried his side’s worrying trend of conceding reckless goals.
Vipers coach Miguel Da Costa revealed their plans of getting an away goal because they have what it takes to grind out a win in South Africa. The Portuguese has spent much of the week training his team to defend as a unit and then get out of the blocks to attack at once.
“We are not going to make any changes to the team that beat them until we see them changing their formation,” Costa told SCORE ahead of the return leg to be played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
Milton Karisa, who netted for Vipers in the 1-0 first leg win at St Mary’s stadium in Kitende, will again lead the line alongside Mike Sserumaga and Erisa Ssekisambu while Deus Bukenya, Brian Nkuubi and Moses Waiswa are set to man the midfield.
Costa’s side will have to deal with the hosts’ wealth of experience and physical presence which at times turn the home games in their favour. A draw or win will guarantee the Venoms’ progress to the next round that precedes the group stages.
PROBABLE LINE UP
Goalkeeper: Ismail Watenga
Captain: Nicholas Wadada
Defenders: Aggrey Madoi, Shafiq Bakaki, Halid Lwaliwa
Midfielders: Deus Bukenya, Moses Waiswa, Brian Nkuubi,
Forwards: Mike Sserumaga, Erisa Ssekisambu and Milton Karisa
Substitutes: James Alitho, Bashir Asiku, Siraje Ssentamu, Keziron Kizito, Brian Kakaire, Dan Bilikwalira, Francis Onekalit
CAF CONFEDERATION CUP
TODAY IN SOUTH AFRICA
Platinum Stars(0) vs. Vipers ( 1)
Royal Bafokeng Stadium