CAF CL: Vipers trio impress Al Hilal captain

Vipers Sports Club was condemned to a 1-0 home defeat to Sudanese side Al Hilal Omdurman at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

But Hilal captain Abd Al-Latif Saeed was particularly impressed by three players.

“Three players caught my imagination. Shirt 25 (Watambala), shirt 3 (Galiwango and the wide forward (Orit) who came on were brilliant,” Saeed told Football256 as he described the trio he struggled to identify by name.

“I think they were good on the day for their side and caused a couple of problems for our backline. We have to take notice of them for the second leg,” he added.

Walid El Shoala scored the only goal of the game to give his side a crucial away victory in the Champions League preliminary round qualifiers as the hosts failed to capitalise on numerous goal scoring opportunities.

Saeed was left on the bench for the entire 90 minutes, but nonetheless, AbdulKarim Watambala, debutants Ibrahim Orit and Disan Galiwango impressed the Hilal skipper.

Watambala played the entire 90 minutes and was impressive especially in the second half when Vipers had much of the ball.

His lofted ball over the goalkeeper found striker Cesar Manzoki, but the Congolese forward failed to apply the finishing touch with the keeper beaten.

Watambala also produced one of Vipers’ two shots on target in the first half, though it did not trouble the keeper who had it covered comfortably.

Ibrahim Orit was perhaps the Venom’s better player after coming on in first-half added time. Orit was direct and menacing down the left flank. He twice drew top saves from Abdullah Abu Eshrin.

Second-half substitute Paul Mucureezi is the other player who low key also impressed Saeed.

Mucureezi almost benefitted from one of Orit’s curling effort which was parried into his path, but the forward failed to find the target, while Manzoki and Dan Sserunkuuma both failed to apply the finishing touch as the ball crept past the post.

A quick cross from him picked up Sserunkuuma, but the striker again failed to connect with the ball, while Manzoki who was lurking at the far post arrived late for the tap in.

Vipers now need to overturn the score and win by two goals when the two sides meet in the second leg on Saturday, December 5 in Sudan.

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