Vipers sports club head coach Jorge Miguel Da Costa is pleased with what he saw in the two friendly games his side played with Mbarara City and Hima FC last week.
The Venoms came from behind to draw 1-1 with Azam Uganda premier league new comers Mbabara City last Wednesday before thrashing Kasese based side Hima FC 1-3.
He said, “The boys put up good competition especially in the second friendly despite coming from behind. We split our squad in half but they still played as a unit and exhibited high levels of fitness.”
Da Costa was impressed with the performance of particular players whom he has been closely monitoring and he hopes they can maintain the standards.
The Portuguese was impressed with youngster Ashraf Mandela and Tadeo Lwanga’s displays in both games.
The former scored Vipers’ third goal against Hima FC while Lwanga put up a man of the match performance in both games.
‘Mandela played so well; his pace and movement with and without the ball were well calculated while Lwanga patrolled and controlled the midfield excellently.’
Looking ahead, Da Costa expects to improve a few areas and things to favorably challenge for the championship.
The new players are steadily fitting in the team but the Venoms’ tactician is optimistic they will be settled before the 2017/18 campaign.
Meanwhile, the Hima Cement and Roofings bankrolled Venoms resumed training today after returning from Kasese.
The team however is expected to train without eight of its players who are training with the Uganda Cranes ahead of their CHAN qualifier game against Rwanda.