|12th January 2019||4:00 pm|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
Total CAF Confederation Cup
Playoff Stage, First Leg
Vipers SC 0-0 CS Sfaxien
St. Mary’s stadium
Vipers Sports Club settled for a goalless draw against Tunisian outfit CS Sfaxien in the first leg of the playoff stage of the Total CAF Confederation Cup.
Despite creating numerous chances on the day, the Venoms failed to find the cutting edge against the visitors in the game played on Saturday at St. Mary’s stadium.
Noah Wafula, Tito Okello, Dan Sserunkuma and skipper Taddeo Lwanga all came close to scoring in the game all having attempts at goal.
There were two changes from the team that defeated Onduparaka FC in the league in midweek with Bashir Asiku replacing injured Halid Lwaliwa who sustained a shoulder injury in our last game while Wafula started ahead of Innocent Wafula (who couldn’t due to Caf’s strict red-tape).
Vipers SC were impressive right from onset and showed intent to go forward making several attempts.
The first attempt for us came in the 10th minute when skipper Lwanga ignited an attack from the midfield before laying up Moses Waiswa at the edge of the box. Waiswa strike was however blocked for a corner.
Two minutes later, utility player Geoffrey Wasswa had a ferocious ground effort go a few inches wide.
The best chance for the Venoms in the opening stanza came in the 25th minute when CS Sfaxien failed to deal with Waiswa’s delivery from a free kick but Wafula failed to find the back of the net faced with just the Sfax’s goalkeeper Dahmen Aymen.
On the other end, shot stopper Fabien Mutombora needed to pull off a fine save five minutes after the half hour mark denying Sfax’s Firaous Chaout’s curled strike.
Three minutes into the second half, the technical bench was compelled to make the first change of the game with Asiku who had sustained a knock in the first half paving way for Brian Nkuubi. This meant, Wasswa shifted back to central defence partnering Livingstone Mulondo while Nkuubi joined Waiswa and Lwanga in midfield.
The second change for Vipers SC saw Abraham Ndugwa coming on for Noah Wafula in the 56th minute.
Okello nearly broke the deadlock in the 57th minute when he jumped high to head Yayo Lutimba’s cross but CS Sfaxien goalkeeper Aymen pulled off an acrobatic save to deny the lanky forward.
Moments later, Lwanga also had his headed off cleared off the line.
Despite surging forward and introducing Davis Kasirye to add more numbers up front, the visitors remained resilient to deny us.
Vipers SC will travel to Tunisia next week for the return leg where the winner on aggregate will advance to the group stages of the Total CAF Confederation Cup.
- Vipers SC Starting XI
- Fabien Mutombora
- Ibrahim Kiyemba
- Yayo Lutimba
- Bashir Asiku (Brian Nkuubi)
- Livingstone Mulondo
- Taddeo Lwanga
- Geoffrey Wasswa
- Moses Waiswa
- Noah Wafula (Abraham Ndugwa)
- Dan Sserunkuma
- Tito Okello (Davis Kasirye)