Going by the football cliché that the best form of defence is by attack, Vipers went for the offensive approach against Platinum Stars in Rustenburg losing 3-1 on Saturday and subsequently bowing out of the Caf Confederations Cup 3-2 on aggregate.
Head coach Jorge Da Costa and his deputies Richard Wasswa and Edward Golola only made one change to the team that had triumphed 1-0 at Kitende – left-back Aggrey Madoi coming in for Dan Birikwalira.
After two minutes, the hosts were in a commanding lead through a well taken Mbongeni Mziwela penalty before Ndumiso Mabena netted their second from a free kick on 33 minutes after midfielder Brian Nkuubi fouled Robert Ngambi outside the box.
Vipers had defensive minded midfielders like Siraje Ssentamu and Keziron Kizito on the bench but the technical team stuck with offensive players Nkuubi, Mike Sserumaga and Moses Waiswa.
“We don’t regret our attacking approach. You don’t go in a match and show your opponent that you have come to defend a 1-0 lead, even if you are away from home,” Wasswa told Daily Monitor yesterday.
“We played our best football but we were just unlucky. Some refereeing decisions surprised us.”
Wasswa admits that the Caf experience was a learning curve for the burgeoning club and vows that the club will now shift its focus to winning the tournaments they are playing in.
“We still have a chance to win the league and Uganda Cup and that is where are focusing on now, “he said.
Vipers are currently lying fifth in the Uganda Premier league race – 12 points adrift of leaders Villa albeit with three games less - and take on giant slayers Kiboga Young in the last 16 of the Uganda Cup that they are bidding to defend.