Friday, December 14
Constantine 1-0 SC Vipers
SC Vipers lost 1-0 away to Algeria’s Constantine in the first leg of the CAF Champions League qualification tie played at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui.
Beldjilali Kadour scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute and the Visitors couldn’t recover in the game they were the second best.
Kadour scored from a second ball after Halid Lwaliwa blocked an initial shot for the forward to chip over goalkeeper Bashir Ssekagya who was a distance off his goal line.
Vipers were forced into an early change when an injured goalkeeper Ssekagya was offloaded for Derrick Ochan in the first half. Duncan Sseninde replaced Brian Nkuubi and Noah Wafula replaced Abram Ndugwa but the visitors couldn’t get a desired away goal.
The hosts scored two goals in the added minutes but referee Maquette Ndiaye from Senegal cancelled them.
Abid, in an offside position fired into the roof from point blank range before another goal from a header was also cancelled as the initial ball from the corner trajected from outside.
The hosts missed the services of Geoffrey Wasswa, Fabien Mutombora and Taddeo Lwanga.
Vipers will seek to make amends in the return leg at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on December 22.
To reach this stage, Vipers and Constantine had eliminated El Merriekh and Gamtel respectively.
Winner of this tie will reach the CAF Champions League group stages as the beaten team will drop to the CAF Confederation Cup.
Rahmani, Zaalani, Benayada, Chahrour, Haddad, Lamri, Beldjilali, Salhi, Aichi, Djabout, Belkacemi
Bashir Ssekagya, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Yayo Lutimba, Halid Lwaliwa, Livingstone Mulondo, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Brian Nkuubi, Moses Waiswa, Abraham Nduggwa, Tito Okello, Dan Sserunkuma
Featured Image: Action between Vipers and Constantine. AIP