Vipers SC have stormed the First Round of the CAF Champions League, after dumping Olympic Real De Bangui, courtesy of a 4-0 aggregate.
The tie victory followed a 1-0 second leg win on Saturday at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende in the preliminary round.
It came after the initial 3-0 win away last Saturday in Congo Brazaville.
At Kitende though, Yunus Sentamu scored the solitary goal that extended the men in red’s cushion and are now one step away from the Group stages.
The hosts kick-started with a surge for an early opener, and should have got it in the fifth minute but, Sentamu could only shoot inches off the target.
Milton Karisa, in the eighth minute, should have broken the deadlock, but he was denied by custodian Levant Paterine.
However, In the 18th minute, Sentamu was not to be denied as he latched on a good Karisa through pass, to bury the ball, and make it 1-0.
The former nearly doubled the Venoms’ lead in the 30th minute, but he missed a seater after being put through by Ashraf Mandela.
Vipers was at the wrong side of luck as they missed getting a second in the first half with Najib Yiga as well missing tap-in in the 38th minute.
Vipers missed a second as Anukani shot over in the 49th minute, following a good pass by Sentamu.
Bangui threatened for a consolation and in the 78th minute, but Vipers’goalkeeper Alfred Macumu Mudekereza denied Paul Maurent.
The Venoms have now set up a First Round tie with TP Mazembe, in the last stage before the groups.
How the teams lined up
Vipers SC: Alfred Macumu Mudekereza (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Livingstone Mulondo, Hillary Mukundane, Siraje Ssentamu, Olivier Osomba, Isa Mubiru, Bright Anukani, Najib Yiga, Milton Karisa, Yunus Sentamu.
Substitutions: Fabien Mutombora (GK), Disan Ggaliwango, Abubakar Lawal, Abdu Lumala, Ibrahim Orit, Cromwel Rwothomio, Murushid Juuko, Karim Watambala
Olympic Real De Bangui: Levant Paterine Gisamito (GK), Sidney Dambakizi, Micheal Yangao, Kokpakpa Boko, Regis Bongotoutet, Sylvester Kolecko, Soleil Mongolobao, Raphael Marc, Wilfred Gomesse, Paul Maurent.
Substitutions: Christopher Bimako, Moise Kina, Henoc Kpeko, Sydney Chibinda, Issa Pato, Privat Steve, Sety Catani