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CAF Champions League: Sserunkuma’s Goal Keeps Vipers Positive Despite Loss

Wednesday, November 28

El Merreikh 2-1 Vipers SC

Vipers SC lost their CAF Champions League qualification first leg game to El Merreikh in Khartoum on Wednesday.

The Sudanese side picked a dramatic 2-1 victory to put one foot into the next round.

Mzee Dan Sserunkuma halved the deficit for Vipers after Bakri Almadina and Ibrahim Altag gave the hosts a two goal advantage.

In an intense first half, the hosts had a big chance to take the lead but Ahmed Adam missed from the spot following Noah Wafula’s foul from inside the forbidden area at the half hour mark.

The Venoms had half chances but Tito Okello was denied by the goalkeeper and Moses Waisswa shot wide before the referee sent the teams back to the dressing rooms.

In the second stanza, Vipers were completely outplayed as the hosts dominated proceedings with Taddeo Lwanga and his Co made to chase shadows in the middle of the park.

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The Venoms brought in fresh legs in the attacking front with Mzee Sserunkuma and Duncan Sseninde replacing Nduggwa and Tito Okello respectively but the side couldn’t break the deadlock.

Bashir Ssekagya kept Vipers in the game as the shot stopper made saved on various occasions to deny the dominant hosts.

When the game looked like it was destined for a stalemate, the Sudanese giants got another penalty when Ibrahim Kiyemba was judged to have handled the ball in the area.

Bakri did no mistake as he gave Ssekagya no chance in the posts, to give the hosts breathing space, and the worse was yet to come.

The hosts doubled their lead a minute lead with Altag at the giving end. The Venoms failed to ckear a teasing low cross for before Altag send the ball into the roof to send the home fans into wild celebrations.

Mzee Dan was at the end of a beautiful cross to slot home a wobbling shot to instill hope for the Ugandan outfits.

Vipers will seek to overturn the 2-1 deficit when the teams square off on Wednesday, December 5 at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.

Javier Martinez’s charges will need at least a 1-0 victory in the return leg to oust El Merreikh on away goals rule.

Any draw will eliminate the Venoms. A 2-1 home victory will send the game in extra time. Literally, the Venoms need a victory of two goal margin to progress to the next stage.

If it all comes to pass, Vipers will meet winner between Gambia’s Gamtel and Algeria’s Constantine FC at the next qualification round.

Vipers SC Starting XI

Bashir Ssekagya, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Yayo Lutimba, Livingston Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Taddeo Lwanga, Geofrey Wasswa, Moses Waiswa, Abraham Ndugwa, Noah Wafula and Tito Okello.

*Featured Image – Mzee Dan in celebration in one of Vipers games. (Sandra Owori, Vipers SC media)

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