A first half goal by Yunus Sentamu was enough to help Vipers SC defeat visiting Olympic Real De Bangui from Central Africa Republic in a CAF Champions League return match played at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Saturday.
The result means the Venoms advance to the final qualification round of the lucrative tournament on a 4-0 aggregate victory and will verse Congo’s TP Mazembe.
The Venoms had defeated the CAR side 3-0 in the first leg match played in Congo Brazzaville last weekend.
Vipers dominated proceedings from the onset and had their attempt at goal as early as the fifth minute, but Sentamu shot few meters off mark.
Few minutes afterwards, the Venoms had their first attempt on target but Bangui custodian Josphin Bimako made an excellent save to deny Milton Karisa, who had been set up by Bright Anukani.
But Bimako couldn’t deny Sentamu in the 18th minute as the striker shielded off his marker to calmly slot home following a nice defense-splitting Anukani pass.
Vipers tried to add on their advantage before the break, but that wasn’t possible as Sentamu and Najib squandered their chances.
Bangui’s best scoring attempt in the opening half fell to Kokassa Antoine, who shot wide just before the break.
Just like in the opening half, the venoms had the first goalscoring attempt of the second, but Anukani blasted over after a blistering Sentamu run.
Aside from that attempt, the closing half was far from interesting and cagey until the last minute of the game when Bangui’s Flory Jean Michael rattled the bottom post of Vipers’goal.
Bangui finished the game with 10 men after they made a reckless foul on Isa Mubiru in the closing moments of the game.
The final preliminary round will happen between 7th October and 14th October 2022 and Vipers will host Mazembe first before the second leg in Congo a week after.