By Thomas Odongo
Having started in 1967, the CECAFA (Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations) Club/Inter-club Cup is a football tournament in Africa and played by teams from East and some parts of Central Africa.
The tournament has been dubbed the Kagame Inter-club Cup since 2002, when Rwandan President Paul Kagame began sponsoring the competition.
Vipers will kick-off their group stage games against JKU from Zanzibar on Friday in a game they will have to win in order to gain grounds for other games.
Vipers left for Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 just minutes after naming midfield martial Taddeo Lwanga as the new club captain.
Lwanga takes Nicholas Wadada’s place after he left for Tanzania top flight league outfit Azam FC a few weeks ago.
Vipers are seeded in Pool A along with JKU from Zanzibar, Azam FC from Tanzania and Kator FC from South Sudan.
This is the second time Vipers take part in the competition after making their debut in 2011 when they lost to Tanzania’s Simba FC in the quarter-finals.
Vipers new skipper Lwanga is optimistic that his side will have a good hunt at the ‘Nyerere Land’.
‘’It will be a huge task to compete in CECAFA but we have to embrace the challenge. We are Vipers and we know who we are and we shall play it all out,’’ Lwanga told the club website before departure.
Tanzania’s Azam FC are current title holders and Vipers ex-skipper Wadada is set to turn guns to his former bosses when the two sides meet on match day two.
Vipers Team for CECAFA
Eric Kibowa, Bashir Sekagya, Yayo Lutimba, Aggrey Madoi, Fred Okot, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Ashraf Mandela, Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa, Taddeo Lwanga, Brian Nkuubi, Frank Tumwesigye, Brian Kalumba, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Milton Karisa, Dan Sserunkuma, Steven Mukwala, Pius Wangi, Duncan Sseninde and David Owori.