CAF Champions League
Al Hilal 1-0 Vipers SC (AGG: 2-0)
Al Hilal Stadium, Amm Durman
Vipers SC poor run in the CAF Champions League continued on Sunday as they lost 1-0 to Al Hilal in the second leg of their preliminary round tie.
The result means that the Venoms have now been eliminated from the competition, losing 2-0 on aggregate having lost the first leg 1-0, last week at St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.
In the match played at the Al Hilal stadium, Hani Al Dhahi scored the only goal of the contest on 63 minutes to condemn Vipers to a 6th loss in the competition in just 8 games.
Going into the game, Fred Kajoba’s faced several issues as up to six key players were missing due to COVID-19.
Halid Lwaliwa, Karim Watambala, Milton Karisa, Geoffrey Wasswa, Abraham Ndugwa and Livingston Mulondo all missed the trip after testing positive for Coronavirus.
Due to the crisis of sorts, youngsters Najib Yiga, Joseph Dhata, Bobosi Byaruhanga and Aziz Kayondo were forces to join the team after they had arrived in Sudan. All four had taken part in the CECAFA U20 Challenge Cup in Tanzania weeks earlier.
Kajoba rang the changes and was forced to go with Daniel Sserunkuma in attack while Rashid Toha, Bashir Asiku and Kayondo played in an experimental back-three.
In the end, the task proved too much for the Kitende based side who will now take no further in continental engagements.
They will now turn their focus to the Uganda Premier League and will try to defend the title they won last season.
For Al Hilal, they will take on Ghanaian side Asante Kotoko in the pre-group stage of the competition.