Vipers Sports Club will be without a key player in Yayo Lutimba for their Caf Confederations Cup play off return leg engagement with CS Sfaxien away in Tunisia.

The marauding left back has been a regular figure for the Venoms in this campaign, but he will now miss the continental tie against Juventus of the Arabs through suspension.

Caf regulations governing inter clubs matches, cut across all its competitions implying that Yayo’s second booking over the weekend rules him out of the subsequent fixture.

Its without doubt a temporary setback for Vipers ahead of a crucial encounter where we require a win or a draw with goals to qualify for the group stages as the defender has been widely and rightly one of the best performers in the team.

The 25 year old defender, received his first booking against El Merriekh away in Sudan during the Caf Champions League preliminary round encounter and the second on Saturday as Vipers battled the Tunisians at St Marys stadium Kitende.

“A player who receives two cautions shall be automatically suspended from playing the subsequent match in Caf inter clubs competitions. This suspension shall be communicated by the secretariat to the concerned associations”

Reads Confederation Cup regulations Article VII section 1 under disciplinary measures.

Yayo’s absence in defence could mean that Aggrey Madoi returns to the starting lineup after fully recovering from a toe injury which had sidelined him for the past weeks.

Club Sportiff Sfaxien hosts Vipers in the Confederations cup play off round return leg match on Sunday 20th January 2019 at the Stade Tareb Mhiri in Sfax Tunisia.