League champions Vipers SC begin their Caf Champions League journey with a home first leg tie against Sudan’s Al Hilal on Saturday at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende.

The Venoms have never played in the group stages of the continent’s biggest club competition but Coach Fred Kajoba is optimistic of breaking the barrier.

First, the former Bright Stars man targets a decent result against Al Hilal at Kitende to give him advantage before the team travels to Sudan next week.

“It will be a tough game but we are ready,” he told upl.ug. “We have had good preparations and the boys know the importance of the game,” he added.

“The target is to pick a good result that will give us advantage going into the return match in Khartoum.”

Vipers will hope their new signings David Bagoole, Ibrahim Oriti and Congolese Mazonki give them what they lacked on their past attempts in the competition.

Halid Lwaliwa and Abdul Karim Watambala will hope to use the national team experience against South Sudan to create havoc for the Sudan side that are perennial group stages residents in the competition.

Ugandan goalkeeper Jamal Salim could be in the posts for the Sudan side who have played in two Caf Champions League finals.

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