Total CAF Champions League

How Constantine made it at the expense of Vipers 

When Constantine head coach Denis Lavagne was hired three weeks ago, the immediate target was to qualify for the group stages of the 2018/2019 Total CAF.

That target was achieved on Saturday as they qualified at the expense of Vipers SC 3-0 on aggregate.

Constantine defeated Vipers 2-0 at St Marys Stadium, it was the first continental loss for the Ugandan team at home and the first time they were conceding at home on the continent. 

Lavagne believes his team had done enough to win the game and qualify, which was a first in their history. 

“My players deserved to win this game, the score was normal,” he told Football-256. 

“In the first half we were nervous, but in the second half, we knew we were better and we scored two goals. We played well and I think we deserve the qualification,” he added. 

Constantine arrived in the country three days earlier, trying to acclimatize to the weather conditions and the different time zone the game was to be played.

“We were affected a little by the weather especially in the first half, the players were also nervous they didn’t want to lose the ball.”

“I told them in the second half to keep more possession but also go forward, we created chances and used them,” said the former Cameroon head coach. 

Asked where he thought Vipers got it wrong over the two legs especially the return in Kitende in which his goalkeeper Chemseddine Rahmani spent most of the time spectating proceedings Lavagne noted.

My goalkeeper was a spectator because Vipers barely created chances, they didn’t put us under any kind of pressure but we had also prepared well.” 

The draws for the group stages of the competition will be held on 28 December.

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