Fred Kajoba – Vipers still stand a chance

Vipers SC head coach Fred Kajoba is confident that his chances still stand a chance of progression in Caf Champions League.

The Venoms lost 1-0 against Al-Hilal in the first leg of the preliminary round played at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday November 28th.

Saturday’s result means that the Venoms must win the second encounter at least 2-0 if they are to progress to the next round.

“It is disappointing that we couldn’t get the result we wanted,” Fred Kajoba was quoted by the club’s official website.

“We shall go back and reflect on where we didn’t do well.”

“We still have the return leg next week and there’s a chance we can go there and look for a better result,” he added.

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The return leg is slated for December 6th in Khartoum and the winner on aggregate will face either Ghana’s Asante Kotoko or FC Noudhibou from Mauritania.

Vipers’ players were not clinical

Super efforts from debutants Jamil Kalisa and Cesar Manzoki in the first half narrowly missed the target by a few inches as Vipers kept pushing for the equaliser.

A good and worthy penalty shout from Vipers was turned down by centre referee when Disan Galiwango’s cross seemed to have come off the hand of one of Al Hilal’s defenders.

Also Karim Watambala’s effort from 25 yards found Al Hilal’s goalkeeper Ali Ashrin with his shot-stopping gloves in.

Manzoki could have levelled matters five minutes after restart but he relatively arrived late to meet Ndugwa’s cross.

Vipers SC Starting XI:

Fabien Mutombora (GK), Bashir Asiku, Disan Galiwango (65′ Paul Mucureezi), Halid Lwaliwa (Captain), Geofrey Wasswa, Siraje Ssentamu, Jamil Kalisa (58’ David Bagoole), Karim Watambala, Milton Karisa (43’ Ibrahim Orit), Cesar Manzoki, Abraham Ndugwa (58’ Daniel Sserunkuma).

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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