Vipers Sports Club were stung once at home by the Sudanese side Al- Hilal in the 1st Leg at the ST.Mary’s stadium, Kitende in a game that was played behind closed doors because of the Corona Virus pandemic and standard Operating Procedures (SOP’S) were put to work as a migration tool.
Sudan based A-Hilal now has an upper hand ahead of the return leg that is going to takeplace in Sudan at the Blue Jewel stadium in Omdurman, Khartoum state after than 1-0 win in Kitende. Back to the game, the visitors, goal came in from the Sudanese forward Bakhiet Waleed’s fierce strike in the 25th minute which proved to be important at the end of the day to enable them take a win back home.
A SNEAK PEAK OF THE GAME PROCCEEDINGS.
In the 5th minute debutant Jamil Kalisa put a shot wide inside the box in the early scares of AL-Hilal as the vipers gaffer Fred Kajoba looked on then a minute later , home side were lucky not to get a booking after Abraham Ndugwa tackled the visitors’ goalkeeper Ali Abdullah Abu Ashrin on the edge of the box.
On the quarter hour mark, Fabien Mutombora was quick to get off the line so that he can get a hold of a header by Siraje Ssentamu from a Alsamalh Marghani as the game continued there was a shout from the Vipers players after a cross from Disan Galiwango met one of the Al-Hilal defender’s arm.
Al-Hilal also won the first corner kick of the game 20 minutes following a deflection off Nizar Hamid’s set piece 25 yards out. Upon a late challenge on Abu Abdullah Aqla, Siraje Ssentamu got cautioned right before the strike from Waleed Bakhiet that led to the GOAL.
The brighter chance of the home side in the 1st half came in last five minutes of the half as Karim Watambala put Vipers first shot on target from 25 yards though Ali Ashrin the Al-Hilal goalkeeper was also up to the task on the day as our Country head coachJonathan McKinstry was also looking on in disbelieve. Ibrahim Orit the former Mbarara city forward came in for Milton Kalisa as were approaching the end of the first half in which looked like he was in discomfort.
In the Second half, Nizar Hamid the visitor’s midfeilder was cautioned by the Somalian referee for a challenge on the young star Karim Watambala. Before the hour mark, the venoms called for a double change as Ndugwa Abraham and Kalisa Jamil paved way for the dread-locked Rasta Daniel Sserunkuma and David Bagoole who is well known by many as Tong Poo who minutes later released Galiwango on the far left only to put in a low delivery which was blocked.
25 minutes left to play, the venoms made their fourth and final change as Paul Mucureezi came on for Disan Galiwango and his impact was instant as he put in a high cross that was well headed away by Muhammad Ouattara the Al-Hilal, Ivorian centre back.
Orit had a short saved for a corner kick that he again put in for Sserunkuma who out jumped the defenders to head out as the frustration from the host players. Immediately after the final whistle you could see the dejection for many of the Vipers players who fell on to the ground.
TEAM LINE UPS;
VIPERS SC XI: Fabien Mutombora(G.K), Bahir Asiku, Disan Galiwango(65’ Paul Mucureezi), Halid Luwalila (Captain), Geofrey Wasswa, Siraje Ssentamu, Jamil Kalisa(58’ David Bagoole), Karim Watambala, Milton Kalisa(43’ Ibrahim Orit), Ceaser Manzoki, Abraham Ndugwa(58’ Daniel Sserunkuma)
SUBSTITUTES UNUSED: Bashir Sekagya(G.K), Denis Kiggundu, Livingtone Mulondo, Rashid Toha, Allan Kayiwa.
AL-HILAL XI: Abdullah Abu Ashrin(G.K), Alsamalh Mirghani, Muhammad Ouattara,Tayed Abdel Razek, Faris Abdullah, Nasreddin Al Shagil, Abu Aqla Abdullah, Nizar Hamid, Walid Al-Shulah, Eid Moghaddam, Vinny Combi Bongonga.