Erisa Sekisambu’s 73rd minute solo goal was all that Vipers SC needed to get a first leg advantage over Nigerian champions Enyimba FC in a tightly contested CAF Champions League affair played at the War Memorial stadium in Nakivuubo on Friday afternoon.
Vipers started the match as the better side attacking Enyimba from the first whistle. Their first chance presented in the fourth minute when Mutyaba curled a beautiful free kick that flew past the four man wall only to hit the outside of the pole for a goal kick with the keeper well beaten.
Enyimba settled down after nearly fifteen minutes allowing Byabara and Onyakachi to move into attack.
The former nearly surprised Vipers after he drove past the centre backs but Bilikwalira did well with a timely block for a corner.
Ababalaogu sent in a pin point corner that was met by an equivalent header from Onyekachi but again it was cleared off the line leaving the Nigerians crying for a goal but the referee waved on.
The twin attackers kept pressure which nearly yielded five minutes later Nyakaichi cutting a low pass inside the box but again Byabara blew it over the bar.
Bikikwalira initiated a quick counter attack from his wing with quick interplay that snaked through to Sekisambu in the upper right wing; the striker powered in for a Ssemazi header which forced Afelokhai to his limits with an acrobatic save.
Nsiimbe never hesitated pulling off Patrick Ssembuya and brought in a more attack minded Allan Kyambadde in the midfield just five minutes to the break.
Sekisambu wasted a glorious chance to break the deadlock in the 54th minute after blowing over the bar with only the net facing him.
The striker got on the way of a rebound which Afelokhai spit from Mutyaba’s long range pile driver. The two will lock again in a fortnight in Nigeria with the winner proceeding to the next round.
Vipers need a draw or a scoring loss of not more than one goal margin.