Vipers Ease Past Bangui To Set Up TP Mazembe Duel

Vipers celebrate their only goal at Kitende. (Photo by Bata Images)

Saturday, September 17
•Vipers 1-0 Real De Bangui (4-0 aggregate)


Vipers have advanced to the second round of the CAF Champions League Qualifiers after beating Central African Republic side Olympic Real De Bangui.

The Venoms won 1-0 at Kitende with Yunus Sentamu scoring the only goal of the game in the first half.

Sentamu was sent through on goal by Bright Anukani and showed composure to slot past the helpless goalkeeper.

Vipers progress to the next stage with a 4-0 aggregate victory having won the first leg 3-0 in Brazzavile.

Bangui had some chances on goal including one that was denied by the post, but it was not to be for a side that had a man sent off in the last minute of added time after a brawl.

Vipers will face DR Congo and African Powerhouse TP Mazembe, and the winner over two legs will qualify to the lucrative groups stages of 2022/23 CAF Champions League.

Vipers will host the five-time CAF Champions League winners between 7-9 October before visiting Lubumbashi a week later for the return leg.

If the Venoms fail the Mazembe hurdle, they will drop to CAF Confederation Cup playoff round, which is a round away from the group stages.

Venoms Too Good For Bangui

This tie was all but over in the first leg in Brazzavile where the Venoms won 3-0 thanks to goals from Lumala Abdu, Najib Yiga and Isa Mubiru.

Then, the Venoms took advantage of Bangui’s struggles that saw the side arrive in bunches and went on to field eight players at the start, per reports.

If there were doubts about Vipers’ chances of progressing to the next stage, they were all washed away after 20 minutes at Kitende when Sentamu found the back of the net.

And they just did enough from thereafter before the final whistle.

They have done the job without coaches Roberto Oliveira and Marcelo Cardoso who missed on Touchline as the club awaits clearance from CAF on their coaching credentials submitted.

Vipers will feel that Mazembe will surely put up a stronger resistance and they just cannot rest on their laurels as the job is half way done.

Bangui barely threatened throughout the contest and there was nothing to admire from the side including their worst kit.

They have to be more clinical after wasting a couple of chances including two back-to-back from main striker Sentamu who skewed over the bar when picked by Ashraf Mandela and Najib Yiga.

The other Vipers worry is the injury on Najib Yiga who was taken off hurt to pave way for Ibrahim Orit.

Otherwise, Vipers can dream.

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