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AFC Leopards v SCVU Cecafa Nile Basin final Preview from the eyes of Ivan Zoric former SCVU Coach

AFC Leopards v SCVU Cecafa Nile Basin final Preview from the eyes of Ivan Zoric former SCVU Coach

By Ivan Zoric
Former Head Coach SCVU,
As a follower of Kenyan football and former  head coach and team manager of Sports Club Victoria University(Uganda),this is my prediction and match analysis on the upcoming gruelling match between two neighbours Kenya and Uganda .
About AFC Leopards is not necessary to speak too much. This is one of the biggest clubs and brand in East African football.  A Club with many trophies  in domestic Kenyan premier  league,and many appearance in all CAF competition,club as they mark 50 years of existence.
For me,AFC Leopards was one of the major candidate for winning CECAFA BASIN NILE CUP with Al-Marreikh of Sudan.
Ingwe  took  maximum points in A group,and finished 1st in  group stage. They went through  quarter-final and semi-final,and face the   role of major candidate  for winning a tournament.
But, AFC Leopards who were  faced with many problems in the  near past,and also faced a  low position in domestic Kenyan premier  league as they shuffled between coaches.
I think this problems from the past in AFC Leopards   will not  affect their  result and will simply  contribute for stabilization for up coming competitive obligations.
AFC is a definitely a  favorite on the paper against SCVU from Uganda,but for alot of people SCVU is the  biggest surprise on this competition,but not for me.
There are many things about SCVU that people in Kenya and other neighbouring countries   don t know about.
This is the  first time that Ingwe will play against SCVU,but let me say afew words about SCVU.
SCVU have reached the Inaugural Cecafa Nile Basin cup final  without 3 key players (Denis Iguma,Savio Kabugo,Isaac Muleme ,this players were part of the Uganda Cranes national team for Afcon 2015 qualifers against Madagascar. SCUV finished second in Group A(Same number of points as Al Merreikh who had a better goal difference) without losing any single game and without conceding  a goal in 5 games before this final game.
I can assure that SCVU is a one of the fastest growing clubs in Africa!
SCVU has been in existence for  only 3 years and in this short period of time  ,SCVU was promote to FUFA Super League in 1st season then in the  2nd season in elite competition,SCVU  finished  5th place and winning   CUP of Uganda, which ensured the participated in CAF Confederation cup .
In the 3rd season, SCVU was a candidate for  champions title in FSL,unfortunately,they finished second ,but this result should not be considered as failure.
SCVU from Uganda was established in 2011 asnd they have continued to constantly produce players for the national team even from the time they were in the second division.They have always had from 3-5 players in the Uganda Cranes shortlist.
Believe me, I don t know any club from Africa (not even from Europe) who  for only 3 years of existence ,have achieved this type of results as they constantly curve  great progress every year as their goal go higher and higher and become more achievable.
From the time when I was be a Head Coach of SCVU only few players are still on the current  squad (Denis Iguma,Kabugo Savio,Ali Kimera,Martin Mpuga,Noah Semmakula, maybe Lopidia Henry)
Anyway,SCVU have shown  that is a club who will in the  near future be a significant factor in domestic league and regional international football competitionsacross Africa.
From one side we have AFC Leopards  with lot of experience on International competitions,one of the biggest club in East-Africa who came to the competition doing badly in their own domestic league as they took many with surprise  from another side SCVU is a  fast growing club in the region,with a very good team who have shown  excellent performance on this tournament and it’s a team with huge desire to achieve and leave  a mark in their 2nd international appearance in clubs competition.
However I cannot predict today’s  results…this is a final…specific game…single details can decide a winner of this game.
One thing is for sure,we will see one good game at  the finals and both teams   will give their best to wis inaugural Cecafa Nile Basin Cup trophy.
lets enjoy a good football performance.

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