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CAF Champions League: SC Vipers Book Date With Algerian Club

Vipers SC eliminated Sudanese giants El Merreikh out of the CAF Champions League qualifiers on away goals rule. The side won 1-0 in Kitende after a 2-1 first leg slip in Khartoum.

The preliminary round triumph takes the club to first round, which is the last hurdle before the Group stages.

Standing in their way, is Algerian new kid on the block – Club Sportif Constantinois (read CS Constantine).

Constantine will host the first leg on the weekend of December 14-16 at the Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium in the North Eastern part of the country.

The second leg at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende will be played on the December 21-23.

MS Constantine ousted Gambia’s Gamtel 1-0 on aggregate. The first leg in Algeria ended goalless before Constantine picked a 1-0 victory on the road on Tuesday.

ES Setif, JS Kabylie and the Algiers clubs (MC Algers and USM Algers) are the widely known giants in the Algerian professional league one.

However, MS Constantine won the title last season with 57 points from 30 games. This was their second title in the club’s history, and also their first since 1996-1997 season.

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The much anticipated tie brings together two league champions as Vipers won the Uganda Premier League in the 2017-18 season.

Note: Winner at this stage storm the CAF Champions League groups while the loser drops to the CAF Confederation Cup.

Featured Image: Vipers players celebrate Ndugwa Abram’s lone strike vs El Merreikh. (image courtesy of Vipers Media).

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