Business at Entebbe International Airport and the Kampala – Entebbe Highway temporarily froze on Sunday night as Vipers Sports Club returned home from Comoros.

This followed successful qualification to the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup having ejected Club Volcan De Moroni on away goals rule after a 1-1 draw.

A well drilled Deus Bukenya free-kick on the half mark canceled Kamal Djabir’s opener after 15 minutes as the final score ended 1-1.

As early as 7 p.m, fans painted in the traditional club red and white colours flocked the Airport.

A section of them were requested by the Entebbe Airport authorities wait near the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) offices, about 2KM from the main airport parking yard to avoid inconveniencing the other travelers and operations at the airport.

With the exception of the five players and one official who had been overbooked under the team’s earlier departure out of the country, the rest of the players and officials were on board as the plane vessel alighted by 9 p.m.

The six later came home safely after a 5 hour delay in Nairobi with a brief stop over at Kigali International Airport.

They were received by the club Chairman George William Mulindwa, the CEO, Peter Lwanga and  other team officials.

The players then left in a mini-bus escorted by chanting fans, led by the vuvuzela blowing wizard William Muwonge, a.k.a ‘Kamodo’.

“We traveled safely to and from. The most important thing is that we earned qualification as we set our eyes on the next opponent,” an over joyed team official, Sentongo who also traveled noted.

It is no rest for the players including those who stayed behind as the team heads to the gymnasium on Monday.

On Friday, Vipers will play rivals Express in the Uganda Premier League at the Mutesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.

Next CAF opponent:

Vipers turn the guns to South Africa’s Platinum Stars who progressed at the expense of Mozambique’s União Desportiva Do Songo.

Christened ‘Dikwena’, Plantinum Stars won 1-0 at the Estadio Nacional Do Zimpeto in Maputo City to complete a 2-0 aggregate victory.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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