CAF CL: Vipers to play Jamal Salim’s Al Hilal in preliminary round

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC have been drawn against Al Hilal Omdurman of Sudan in the preliminary round of the 2020/21 CAF Champions League.

The first leg of the encounter will be played between 27th – 29th November before the return leg scheduled for 4th – 6th December.

Al Hilal Omdurman is home to Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Jamal Salim Magoola and finished runners up in the recently concluded Sudan Premier League season behind rivals Al Merriekh.

Al Hilal featured in last season’s group stages alongside Etoile Du Sahel of Tunisia, FC Platinum from Zimbabwe and the eventual winners Al Ahly of Egypt.

This is the third time Vipers are appearing in the CAF Champions League having featured in 2016 and 2018 but lost to Enyimba FC (Nigeria) and CS Constantine (Algeria) respectively.

In 2018, Vipers were drawn Sudanese opposition El Merriekh in the preliminary round and emerged victorious courtesy of the away goals rule after a 2-2 draw

Vipers will be targeting a place in the lucrative group stages under the tutelage of coach Fred Kajoba.

The aggregate winners between Vipers and Al Hilal Omdurman will face the winners of the game between Asante Kotoko of Ghana and Mauritania’s FC Nouadhibou.

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