Uganda’s Vipers Soccer Club on Saturday lost 1-0 to visiting Sudan’s Al Hilal in the first leg of the preliminary round of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.

The Sudanese Premier League side scored through Bakhet Hamid in the 26th minute at the St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende in the central Uganda district of Wakiso.

Vipers started the game attacking in numbers, but the experienced Sudan side defended well. In the second half Vipers SC coach Fred Kajoba made some changes but still failed to get the goals.

Substitute Paul Mucureezi had a chance in the 72nd minute but shot the ball wide. Ibrahim Orit also had another chance for Vipers after 85 minutes by the Al Hilal goalkeeper Abdall Aboeshren took care of it well.

With two minutes to the end of the game Vipers goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora saved Farouq Mghid’s shot at goal.

“We did not take our chance today and also conceded because of a lapse in concentration in defending. We shall have to prepare well for the return leg next weekend in Khartoum,” said Vipers coach Fred Kagoba after the match.

The CAF Champions League is Africa’s most lucrative competition for clubs that excel in their respective Leagues in their home countries.

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