Besides Vipers SC, a host of other clubs also qualified for the 2022/2023 CAF Champions League group stages.
The Uganda Premier League champions, who achieved the feat for the first time in their history, alongside 16 others await the draw that will be conducted in November.
African giants Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca, Esperance, Raja Casablanca, Zamalek, and Mamelodi Sundowns will take part in the competition.
Al Merriekh, CR Belouizdad, Petro de Luanda, Kabylie, Cotonsport, Simba, Horoya, and Al Hilal Omdurman are the others that qualified.
Vipers dumped out Democratic Republic of Congo outfit TP Mazembe 4-2 in the penalty shootouts, following a goalless draw on aggregate.
Record champions, Al Ahly thrashed Tunisian side Monastir 4-0 after two legs, while defending champions Wydad thumped Nigeria’s Rivers United 7-2 on aggregate.
Four-time winners Esperance reached the group stages on the away goals rule following a two-all draw with Nigerian side Plateau United.
A 3-0 aggregate victory over Niger’s Nigelec ensured that the three-time champions Raja also advanced convincingly.
Five-time champions Zamalek went through courtesy of a 6-1 aggregate victory over Burundian side Flambeau du Centre.
Furthermore, Denis Onyango’s captained side Sundowns who won it in 2016 humiliated Lapasse from Seychelles 15-1 after two legs.
Sudanese giants Al Merriekh where Erick Kambale plies his trade saw off Al Ahly Tripoli from Libya on away goals rule after a three-all stalemate on aggregate.
Algerian outfit Belouizdad edged Malian side 3-2 on aggregate, and Luanda from Angola won their contest against South Africa’s Cape Town City 4-0 after two legs.
Meanwhile, Kabylie from Algeria edged Togolese Kara 3-2 on aggregate, and Cotonsport from Cameroon advanced at the expense of Eswatini’s Royal Leopards also 3-2 after both legs.
Tanzanian giants Simba made it to the group stages thanks to a 4-1 aggregate victory over Primeiro de Agosto from Angola.
Horoya from Guinea slimly knocked out ASEC Mimosas from Ivory Coast 2-1 after both legs.
While Sudan’s Hilal eliminated Uganda Cranes midfielder Khalid Aucho’s Young Africans from Tanzania also 2-1 on aggregate.
There is only one qualification yet to be accomplished and that is between DRC’s AS Vita and Kadiogo from Burkina Faso.
It is still goalless after one leg and the two sides will face off on Thursday, October 20 to decide which team joins the other 15 teams that have already qualified for the group stages.
The four Pots for the Group Stage Draw
Pot One: Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca, Esperance, Raja Casablanca
Pot Two: Mamelodi Sundowns, Zamalek, Horoya, Petro de Luanda
Pot Three: Simba, CR Belouizdad, Kabylie, Hilal
Pot Four: Cotonsport, Merriekh, Vipers, Vita Club/Kadiogo