KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Ugandan side the Vipers failed to qualify for the
group stage of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
Champions League after a 2-0 second leg loss to Algerian side CS
Constantine at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Saturday.
The Algerian Premier
League champions pressed ahead into the group stage on a 3-0
aggregate after defeating the Vipers 1-0 at home in the first
After a goalless
first half where Vipers’ striker Daniel Sserunkuma missed two
chances, the visitors returned looking hungry.
The Vipers’ poor
defending gave Ail Djabout room to score the first goal for the
Algerian side before Mohamed Walid Bencherifa made it 2-0 after
Abraham Ndugwa and
Kenyan import Noah Wafula also failed to find their form for the
Vipers as the CS Constantine defenders kept them under check.
“I am happy that we
are through to the group stage. My boys played well and scored
two goals,” CS Constantine coach Denis Lavan told Xinhua after
Vipers coach Javier
Martinez Espinosa was disappointed after the game.
failed to play. My players were not very comfortable today,”
said the Mexican born coach.
To reach the first
round of the CAF Champions League SC Constantine eliminated
Gamtel FC of Gambia, while Vipers saw off Sudan’s El Merreikh in
The CAF Champions
League is Africa’s premier club tournament organized by the CAF.