August 8, 2022

Vipers’ continental journey comes to an end

By Clive Kyazze

Playing as far as the 2018/2019 CAF Confederation Cup playoff is the furthest Vipers have ever gone on the continent but the journey was cut short by SC Sfaxien.

The Ugandan league champions were defeated by Sfaxien 3-0 in Tunisia after the barren draw in Kitende seven days ago, the result sends Sfaxien through to the group stages of a competition they have won four times.

Two first half goals by Alaa Marzouki and Firas Chaouat and a third by Aymen Harzi in the 90th minute did the damage to an already tough journey for the Ugandan champions.

Vipers’ Aggrey Madoi replaced suspended Yayo Lutimba at left back while Halid Lwaliwa returned for the injured Bashir Asiku as Abraham Ndugwa also came on for Noah Wafula who didn’t make the trip.

Livingstone Mulondo and Ibrahim Kiyemba completed the back four but their toughness wasn’t seen as Vipers conceded as early as the 10th minutes, a second came in the 34th.

Vipers skipper Tadeo Lwanga battle for possession with a Sfaxien player in the first leg at Kitende | Philip Mugabi Photo

Taddeo Lwanga, Abraham Nduggwa, Moses Waiswa and Geoffrey Wasswa in midfield were asked a number of questions, the former from time to time needed medical attention, but the warriors in him forced him to continue.

Tito Okello and Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma were always denied operating space by the ever present Sfaxien backline.

Madoi was replaced by Brian Nkuubi in two minutes to the break, midway the second half Tom Masiko came on for Abraham Ndugwa and later in the game Duncan Sseninde replaced Tito.

Vipers will turn their focus and attention on finishing their first round fixtures of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League with a trip to URA on January 25th before hosting Mbarara City on January 27th.

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