Vipers captain Halid Lwaliwa wants to translate his recent national team exploits to eliminate Al Hilal in CAF Champions League preliminaries.
Lwaliwa marked his senior national team debut with a goal as Uganda Cranes beat South Sudan 1-0 on November 12.
Coincidentally, the defender scored that lone goal at St Mary’s Stadium Kitende where the Al Hilal match will be played this Saturday.
It was in that same game where Vipers midfielder Karim Watambala, also off the bench, was handed his debut.
Defender Dissan Galiwango was unused substitute but started the second encounter four days later at Nyayo in Kenya.
“It has been a boost for us to play on the national team,” Lwaliwa highlighted on the importance of Vipers players playing for Uganda Cranes recently.
“We were exposed to the International pressure, so this (Al Hilal) being another International game, I believe its going to be the same experience, but we are now used to that pressure and I promise that we will put up a very good performance.”
Vipers will knocked out Sudanese side Al Merrikh on away goals rule 2-2 before falling out to Algerian side CS Constantine.
This time round, they will fancy their chances after new signings they have made in the transfer window.
However, Al-Hilal boasts with experience on the continent having played in the finals of this competition twice.
Lwaliwa is also aware of the threat Al-Hilal poses: “They are a good side, we give them much respect but being that they stand in our way, we are ready to face them and we want to fulfil our targets this season.”
“We want group stages, we are ready to knockout anyone who comes our way.
“We have had adequate preparations thanks to the coaches and we are raring to go.”
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