Not as glossy as it was in Brazzaville but it was a good enough victory to inspire pride to a home crowd who thronged a rain soaked afternoon to support their team as it looked to sail past the Central African Republic club.
Much of the work was done during the first leg and Robertinho’s many simply had to ensure consolidation of their 3-0 away scoreline.
The visitors appeared more determined to stage a come back but their wings were clobbered by a neatly converted goal by striker Yunus Sentamu early in the first half.
Despite Bangui’s attempts to get back into the game, it required a completed Vipers melt down for the visitors to stage any scare and thus they resorted to turning the game into a physical battle thus ending the match with a man less.
Here is an assessment of how the Venoms fared on the evening.
Alfred Macumu Mudukereza
The new man seems to have won the battle to dethrone Mutombora off the number one spot.
He retained his place in goal after keeping a clean sheet in Brazzaville and won another one at Kitende. Impressive goal distribution and a good command for his defense.
Dealt well with the aerial battles.
Also maintained his place at right and he appears to have made it his own already.
Mandela made bursting runs on the right flank and he had a decent shot on target in the second half. His pace and tenacity was unmatched.
What a start to life at a new club! Mubiru thrived throughout the evening and his home debut was as faultless as his first match where he scored in Brazzaville.
Made some superb runs into the opponent’s half and he was always a menace for the visitors.
Disan Galiwango will have to work thrice harder than he has been doing to reclaim the right back position.
Took over from Murushid Juuko who started the first leg.
The former Mbarara City man was fearless in the tackle and won most of his aerial battles. A decent continental debut.
A sure starter in Vipers’ central defence, Mulondo commanded his back line well and made a series of vital interceptions to stop dangerous attacks.
A tough evening for hard tackling central midfielder. The visitors employed a more physical game and Sentamu must have faced his roughest opponents today.
Came out on top of it.
Got the nod over Marvin Young for the position of the second blocker.
The Congolese midfielder exhibited a calm and intelligent display. Controlled the midfield well and made some eagle eye passes forward.
A composed and assured display from the number 10.
Anukani played with swag and exhibited high confidence whenever in possession. Lost steam later on but made the most of his time on the pitch.
Not the best of his tireless displays due to an early hard tackle on him by Sydney Dambakizzi.
Struggled to find his footing and got withdrawn at 58 minutes for Ibrahim Orit.
The captain got Vipers’ first opportunity to break the deadlock but goalkeeper Levat Gisamito acted fast enough to block his shot.
Had a massive contribution in the build up to the goal and he came to life most in the second period with good link up play with Mandela. Vipers’ only player to go into the referee’s books.
Yunus Junior Sentamu
Our star man of the day.
Provided the goods with a sniper’s finish when he controlled a neat through pass in his path and slotted home past an onrushing Gisamito.
Went close to registering an assist with a clever cut back for Bright Anukani who failed to guide the ball into the net.
He came on for Najib Yiga and caused a few problems for the opponents on the left wing with his trickery and quick feet.
Linked up well with Mubiru
Abdul Karim Watambala
Watambala came on in the 71st minute for Anukani and managed to help his team maintain possession.