One threat eliminated for Vipers in CAF Champions League clash against Raja Casablanca

February 10, 2023

Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC will be playing their first game ever in the CAF Champions League groupstages as they take on Morocco’s Raja Casablanca.

The game is slated to go down today 10th February 2023 at the Complexe Mohammed V, Morocco at exactly 10pm EAT.

Luckily for Vipers, CAF has already eased the tie for them after Raja Casablanca’s fans won’t be in the stadium.

Raja Casablanca received numerous punishments by CAF.

This was after acts of violence during last season’s quarter final clash against Egyptian giants, Al Ahly.

Raja Casablanca was fined for the fans use of lasers, smoke and throwing of bottles onto the pitch.

“This is the first of two games to be played behind closed doors plus a fine of $24,000 (Shs88m) fine for the use of smoke, lasers and throwing bottles, as well as another $20,000 (Shs74m) for failing to provide necessary security measures.”

Vipers new coach Beto Bianchi who has been at the club for a month will have this game as his real first test.

“I think in the opposite way, my players are well. It is an award for us in this game. This is a very important stage in the CAF Champions League and we all are conscientious about this”

“I told my players to just try to use the moment and the challenge ahead of us as an opportunity and take it and encourage everybody around to have the same mentality & the same energy.”

“We have done a lot of work but we need everybody together and the spirit to be fair around here, the togetherness that we have around the team, it’s really strong, but we need to give our fans and probably the outside world something to talk about, and that’s only given with results, so we need to get that result”

Team captain Milton Karisa said that it’s the hosts on pressure and not the Kitende side.

“The pressure is on them because they don’t know us but we know them. So, l don’t think we are under any kind of pressure. We are ready for tomorrow. Of course it’s our debut game in the group stages but we aren’t under any pressure. We just can’t wait for the game.”

Tanzanian giants Simba SC will be taking on Guinean side Horoya in the other Group C game.