Ugandans in Champions League revival

Robert Ssentongo scored seven minutes from full time on Saturday to ensure Ugandan club Kampala City Council of an African Champions League second round place.

Robert Ssentongo scored seven minutes from full time on Saturday to ensure Ugandan club Kampala City Council of an African Champions League second round place.

His goal in Kampala clinched a 2-0 victory over Ferroviario Maputo of Mozambique, who entered the return match defending a one-goal advantage established two weeks ago.

City Council qualified 3-2 on aggregate and their next opponents are likely to be SuperSport United of South Africa, who beat Curepipe Starlight of Mauritius 5-2 yesterday, going through 8-2 on aggregate.

Returning to the premier pan-African club competition after a 10-year gap, the Ugandans broke the second leg deadlock on 53 minutes, thanks to a goal from prolific marksman Bryan Omony.

Kenyan representatives Mathare United bowed out of the Champions League after losing 3-1 to Zesco United of Zambia, this time in their Nairobi backyard. Mathare lost 2-0 in the first leg in Zambia.

Enock Sakala wreaked havoc for Zesco, scoring early in each half before Kevin Ochieng converted a 66th-minute penalty for the Kenyans. The visitors had the final say with a Clifford Chipalo goal two minutes from full time.

Next up for Zesco are 1986 runners-up Africa Sports of the Ivory Coast, who promise to provide a much stiffer test.

Champions League debutantes Monomotapa of Zimbabwe survived an early scare to reach the last 32 despite a 2-1 loss to Miembeni from Zanzibar in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam.

Monomotapa, who battled to fund the trip to east Africa from a country with the highest inflation in the world, will be doubly grateful for a second round tie against Ajax Cape Town from neighbouring South Africa.

The Zimbabweans can trim travel costs by driving from their Harare base to Cape Town and will be heartened by the woeful domestic form of the Urban Warriors. - Sapa-AFP

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