Two second half headed goals by Adil Djabout and Mohamed Walid Bencherifa helped CS Constantine of Algeria advance to the group stage after a 2-0 win against Vipers SC of Uganda at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
Constantine progressed 3-0 on aggregate after winning the first leg 1-0 last week at the Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium in Algeria.
The first stanza failed to produce any goal dividend although there were chances created.
The visitors suffered a setback with a forced substitution after just 12 minutes. Mohamed Walid Bencherifa was introduced for Mounir Aichi who got injured.
Vipers’ striker Daniel Sserunkuma had a shot off target from the left after 19 minutes but four minutes later, Kadour Beldjilali and his captain Sid Ali Lamri combined well in the homers penalty area but the Venoms’ goalkeeper Derrick Ochan was quicker off his line to stop the move.
Five minutes to the break, Moses Waiswa’s chip found an unmarked Tito Okello who flipped the ball over the visitor’s goal in virtually the last goal scoring moment of the half.
Back from recess, Vipers coach Javier Martinez Espinoza pulled out Noah Wafula for Duncan Sseninde whilst CS Constantine made another change as Ismail Belkacemi Abdelfetah replaced Kadour Beldjilali.
On 64 minutes, an in-swinging corner by Benayada was headed home by Djabout at the back post and the dead silence emitted agony.
Six minutes later, Benyada again turned provider with a telling cross from the right, which was connected home by Bencherifa as Constantine sealed a historic place at the group stage of the premier continental club championship.