Vipers SC have been eliminated from the CAF champions league after suffering another 1-0 loss to Sudanese giants Al Hilal Omdurman in the second leg of the preliminary round of the competition played on 6th December 2020.
Much was said of the Venoms after their devastating first leg result last week, and as such, the pressure was already on the venoms to respond in order to progress to the next round of the CAF Champions League.
They tried to do that having started the game on the brighter note with the game’s first attempt on goal in the 6th minute when Siraje Ssentamu’s shot from outside the box went agonizingly above the bar.
The hosts took charge of the game with their never-ending counterattacks off the Vipers’ right and came close to breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute when Berni Cobi’s low strike went just meters wide with Mutombora well beaten.
The hosts continued to exert pressure on the venom’s backline, and a defensive mistake by Rashid Toha in the 24th minute almost gifted Cobi an opportunity to find the back of the net, but Aziz Kayondo made a brilliant tackle to deny the Congolese forward.
A few minutes later, after a wonderful connection between Jamil Kalisa and Disan Galiwango, the former found himself in the offensive box and tried to a shot but Ali Abdullah made an excellent save to deny the visitors from taking the lead.
The game went into the halftime break with the scores nil-nil.
Like it was in the first half, the Venoms had the first attempt of the second after David Bagoole squared the ball to an unmarked Manzoki Cesar but the Congolese forward was denied by Al Hilal’s goalkeeper in the 48th minute.
The decisive moment of the game came in the 62nd minute when Muhammed Musa made a run to pounce onto Jamil Kalisa’s loose ball in the box to place the ball into the left bottom corner of Vipers’ goal to give the hosts the lead.
In a bid to find a leveler, Vipers coach Fred Kajoba brought on Joseph Dhata, Paul Mucurezi, and Najib Yiga for Dan Sserukuma, Disan Galiwango, and Ibrahim Orit respectively, but the Al Hilal defense remained disciplined.
The game ended 2-0 on aggregate and Vipers will endure another year of an early exit from Africa’s Premier Club championship.
On the other end, Sudanese giants Al Hilal Omdurman will face the winner between Asante Kotoko of Ghana and Mauritanian champions Noudhibou FC.