We are ready to play under floodlights – Karisa

  • CAF Confederation Cup (2nd Leg)
  • Saturday, 18th March 2017
  • Platinum Stars Vs Vipers (Vipers lead 1-0 on Aggregate)
  • At Royal Bafokeng Stadium – Rustenberg, South Africa
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Vipers assistant coach Richard Wasswa embraces Milton Karisa after the Platinum Stars match at St Mary’s stadium, Kitende

A quick glimpse at Vipers Sports Club traveling 18-man team of reminds one that the team has a few experienced players.

Save for the much traveled Mike Sserumaga, captain Nico Wakiro Wadada, goalie Isma Watenga and forward Erisa Ssekisambu, the rest of the players have not reached double figures in the number of international games played.

In fact to be more precise, few have played more than 5 games under floodlights.

But to the team’s January signing, Milton Karisa, floodlights will not be an issue going into the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup tie against Platinum Stars that will be staged at the Royal Bafokeng Arena in Rustenberg.

I think flood lights will not affect us because we have many players who have played under such conditions.

On being converted to a center forward from the traditional wing position that he used to play at BUL Football Club, Karisa says he is comfortable.

Like a solider, Karisa reasons, a good player should be ready to be deployed at any time in any given position.

The best player is that one who can play more than two positions.

For me, I feel comfortable playing anywhere.

Having scored the opening goal at St Mary’s stadium, Karisa wants to work hard and maintain the act.

I felt good being the first person to score at St Mary’s stadium. I hope to continue scoring and helping my club win games.

Vipers team left Entebbe International Airport on Friday morning for South Africa.

They were to be welcomed by an advance party led by Robert Sentongo and Wycliff Luyombya who left earlier.

FUFA Executive committee member, Sam Mpiima led the head of delegation.

The Vipers full traveling contingent to South Africa:

Players:

Goal keepers: Ismail Watenga, James Alitho

Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Captain), Bashir Asiku, Aggrey Madoi, Dan Birikwalira, Shafik Bakaki, Halid Lwaliwa

Midfielders: Siraje Sentamu, Deus Bukenya, Moses Waiswa, Brian Nkuubi, Brian Kakaire, Mike Sserumaga, Keziron Kizito

Forwards: Erisa Ssekisambu, Milton Karisa, Francis Onekalit

Team Officials:

Technical: Jorge Miguel Da Costa (Head coach),Richard Wasswa (Assistant coach),Edward Golola (Assistant coach), Stephen Billy Kiggundu (Goalkeeping coach)

Team Doctor: Michael Lule

Leader of delegation: Samuel Mpiima

Technical Director: Harunah Kyobe

Club CEO: Peter Lwanga

Media Officer: Sandra Awori

Vipers Marketing Manager: Simon Ssekankya

Advance Party: Wycliff Luyombya and Robert Sentongo