If Vipers SC are to make their debut in the group stages of the CAF confederation cup, they will have to either beat CS Sfaxien at the their home in Tunisia or ensure that they force a scoring draw.
This evening they failed to put away any of their chances created at home with Kenyan winger Noah Wafula failing to tap in within only 5 yards on two occasions.
On general play, Vipers looked the more daring side and they asked a lot of questions to their visitors but their was nothing to show for it at the end.
CS Sfaxien struggled with the alien artificial turf which they weren’t used to and this was evident by their approach employed in the second half.
“We started well and tried to control the tempo of the game but struggled a lot to contend with the turf which we aren’t used to “Said Ruud Krol
” It was a close contest, my team started with a good passing game but we got a bit sloppy as the game went on, Vipers are a good team and being Ugandan champions, it means they aren’t pushovers and we expect it to be tougher in Tunisia”He added
Tito Okello came closest to breaking the deadlock for Vipers but his headed effort kissed the top bar and went outside in the additional minutes to half time.
Michael Ouma and his technical bench introduced Brian Nkuubi Semakula on for Bashir Asiku who had failed to shake off a minor knock sustained in the first period.
Abraham Ndugwa was also brought on for the wasteful Wafula Wanyonyi and later on, they introduced Davis Kasirye for Tito Okello.
Their last genuine opportunity fell to Taddeo Lwanga whose towering header was cleared off the line by Hamza Jlassi during the injury time.
The Ugandan champions will face off with the Tunisians on the weekend on 20th January 2019 to determine who proceeds to the group stages.