CS Sfaxien were able to sink Vipers 3-0 to book a spot in the group stage. The 0-0 draw from the 1st leg pushed Sfaxien to fight fiercely for the victory at home. The locals wasted no time before getting straight to the point: They are in it to win it.
After a collision that resulted in a defensive fumble, Alaeddine Marzouki found himself head to head with Vipers goalkeeper to to net an early goal for Sfax in the 9th minute.
In the 34th minute, a cross from Nour Zammouri found Kingsley Soukari waiting to double the score with a precise header.
3 minutes after recess, Vipers goalkeeper saved the first shot from Alaeddine Marzouki but Firas Chowat’s rebound goal was called off due to an offside.
The Vipers made their first attempt at scoring in the 59th minute through Okello Tito but his shot was too wide.
4 minutes into the Injury time, substitute player, Manucho, scored the 3rd and final goal to take Sfaxien to the CAF Confederation Cup group stage.
Rud Kroll (Head coach, CS Sfaxien)
“We qualified to the group stage, which was our main objective. It was not easy due to the absences that we had. We had a great start of the game, having scored the 1st goal just 9 minutes in and with the second that followed after. We gave a good effort and i am very hapoy for my team and my players”.
Kingsley Sokari (Midfielder, CS Sfaxien)
“I am very happy for my team but for myself as well. I have been out for a long time, but i am back, played a good game, and scored. We have a good chance at the group stage, we played a very good game today and we have great players and coach and we can go far in this competition.”
Ouma Michael Nam (Head Coach, Vipers FC)
“it was a difficult game. We played our best. Sfaxien we better and more experience, this played in their favour today and brought them the victory. They played a good game.”
Moses waiswa (Attacker, Vipers FC)
“Today’s game was a good challenge, we played well. We had better ball possession but Sfaxien used their chances. We created some chances but they created more and took advantage of our slip ups. They deserve to win”.