Vipers SC will have to wait a little longer before they can play in the group stages of any continental competition. This is after CS Constantine knocked them out of the 2018/2019 Total CAF Champions League 3-0 on aggregate after their 2-0 win at St Mary’s Kitende on Saturday.
The visitors carried a 1-0 advantage to Uganda and from the onset they were trying to extend that lead. They did find the back of the net in the 65th minute when Adil Djabout headed home from a corner while Vipers’ defense was sleeping.
Moments later, Mohamed Walid Bencherifa who was completely unmarked nodded home a free header to put the result beyond reach for Vipers. Calls for offside fell to deaf ears
Vipers were silent and shy throughout the whole match, as the Kitende based club failed to create chances giving CS Constantine’s goalkeeper Houssam Limane a holiday throughout the game.
Vipers SC manager Javier Martinez Espinoza started Noah Wafula Wanyonyi on the right side of midfield, the Kenyan failed to meet the expectations and was replaced by Duncan Seninde early in the second half.
Abraham Ndugwa and Davis Kasirye also came in for Moses Waiswa and Dan Muzeyi Serunkuma respectively but failed to change the game for the home team. This is the first time for Vipers to concede at home in continental competitions, their first defeat at home in 13 months.
All hope is not lost though for the reigning league champions as they will join KCCA FC in the 2018/2019 Total CAF Confederations Cup playoff stage with the winner marking it to the group stages.