Vipers are 180 minutes away from rewriting history of their own if they can go past Algerian champions Constantine in the first leg of the 2018/2019 Total CAF Champions League first round tie.
Vipers left on Wednesday afternoon for the Saturday tie against the two time Algerian champions who struggled to knock out GAMTEL of Gambia 1-0 on aggregate after a barren draw at home.
Vipers defeated Sudanese side El Merriekh on away goals rule after a two all aggregate in the preliminary round of the competition, having lost the first leg 2-1 and won the return leg 1-0.
“We are going to do our homework on the opponent and we get a winning strategy because we want to go further in the competition,” Espinoza said after knocking out El Merriekh.
Vipers travelled without skipper Taddeo Lwanga, the midfielder together with defender Geoffrey Wasswa who are suspended after accumulating two yellow cards
“We are ready and prepared for the game even without Taddeo (Lwanga) and Geoffrey (Wasswa) because of the yellow cards,” Vipers goalkeeping coach Moses Oloya told Football 256 before the team departed, he added.
“But all the players are mentally prepared. We are going for a mission and hoping for a positive result.
With Fabian Mutombora still out injured, Bashir Ssekagya remains Javier Espionza’s trusted number one and he has not disappointed sofar.
Five defenders make the strip, Bashir Asiku returning to join Halid Lwaliwa, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Yayo Lutimba and Livingstone Mulondo.
Newly crowned Airtel FUFA footballer of the year Moses Waiswa is expected to skipper the side on Saturday, though it’s not obvious who will feel the void left by Lwanga.
Brian Nkuubi, Tom Masiko and Rahmat Ssenfuka will be available for selection in the middle of the pack while Duncan Sseninde and Noah Wafula and Abraham Ndugwa are expected to provide the creative spark.
In Daniel Mzee Sserunkuma, Tito Okello, Davies Kasirye, Vipers have goal scoring options while Joseph Janjali will provide cover.
Goalkeepers: Bashir Ssekagya, Derrick Ochan
Defenders: Ibrahim Kiyemba, Livingstone Mulondo, Bashir Akisku, Halid Lwaliwa, Yayo Lutimba
Midfielders: Moses Waiswa, Tom Masiko, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Duncan Sseninde, Brian Nkuubi, Abraham Ndugwa, Noah Wafula
Strikers:Tito Okello, Davies Kasirye, Joseph Jjanjali, Daniel Mzee Sserunkuma