Vipers SC picked up the early initiative in their CAF Champions League preliminary round qualifier against Olympique Real de Bangui with a comfortable 3-0 victory.
The Venoms seeking to reach the group stage of the competition at their fifth attempt made light work of the Central African club who started the game with only eight players and arrived two hours before the game.
Reports by Kenyan journalist Festus Chuma indicate that Bangui struggled to reach the venue of the game played in neighbouring Congo Brazzaville due to a lack of CAF-accredited facilities in CAR.
And it is that disorganisation that the Venoms exploited to score three important away goals.
Debutant Abdul Lumala struck first for the first time additional time, barely 20 minutes after coming on to replace Marvin Youngman.
Najib Yiga then struck his first goal on the continent with 10 minutes to go, with another debutant Issa Mubiru putting the icing on the cake with his first goal for the club in the 87th minute.
The result puts Vipers firmly in control of the tie ahead of the second leg scheduled for Saturday, September 17, at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
Vipers will meet five-time African champions TP Mazembe next at the play-off round.