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Team is starting to play like i want them to, Vipers coach Miguel da Costa

Miguel da Costa believes Vipers are starting to play his way

After Thursday’s 3-0 win over South Sudanese outfit Katar FC at the ongoing CECAFA Kagame cup in Tanzania, Vipers SC coach Migual da Costa has thrown the praise in for his side.

The Portuguese was adamant that the team is starting to play in the only way he wants them to.

“When you look at this game (vs Katar) and the other two, we are getting better by the day, said Da Costa after the 3-0 win.

“We looked so much better today and the team is starting to have th image i want.

“A team with the ball, possession and shifts the ball from one side to another without feeling the pressure.

“They try to search for interior spaces for the two strikers and against Katar we played a very good game.

“We created several chances and i think 3-0 is ok but we could have scored more.

“Am happy because i always say that the first objective is to go past the group stages and now that that is done, we wait for whats coming as we enter into another phase and prepare for the team that is coming up next, continued Da Costa.

On the prospect of facing Kenyan giants Gor Mahia in the quarter finals, Da Costa had this to say;

“Gor Mahia is a team like any other one.

“If you come here to try and win the trophy, you definitely don’t want to face them, Azam or Simba.

“You only have to play what the fixture gives u.

“We go into the game with the same attitude and belief that we want to win the game and go through.

“If that is possible, it’s ok if not, no body dies.

Vipers will wait for Thursday’s matches to end in order to find out who their next opponents will be.

The Venoms finished 2nd in group B with five points from three game.They drew 1-1 with both JKU FC and Azam FC in their first two games.

Defending champions Azam FC of Tanzania won it (group B) after accumulating seven points from their three group fixtures.

Vipers’ captain Tadeo Lwanga who is in only his second year at the Kitende based side emphasised the need to win more games at the tournament.

“We came here to work, the more games we win, the more bonuses we get, said Lwanga who replaced Nicholas Wadada as the team’s skipper with only two days to the start of the Tournament. Wadada left the Venoms for Azam FC upon expiry of his contract last month.

“Every player knows it and we will go back to the drawing board and try as much as possible to go further in the tournament.

On the game against Katar, Lwanga had this to say.

“The match was good despite it being difficult for us in the first 10 minutes because we had gotten used to playing on artificial turf and had taken a while minus playing on natural grass.

“But we managed to adapt, scored the first goal which motivated up to raise our game and managed to win with a reasonable margin.

Vipers SC CECAFA journey to the quarter final:

-Vipers SC 1-1 JKU FC

-Azam FC 1-1 Vipers SC

-Vipers SC 3-0 Katar FC

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