CAF Champions League: Vipers Held to Goalless Draw

Vipers SC, Uganda’s representatives in CAF Champions League was on Saturday held to a goalless draw against Horoya Athletic Club from Guinea in the second group match at the St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende.

It was a rather disappointing result for the Venoms who entered the game hoping for a victory to bounce back after suffering a devastating defeat to Raja Casablanca in their group opening match played a week back.

The two teams played from deep and created few chances on either side. Vipers’ front-line players appeared to lack coordination as Yunus Sentamu frequently dropped to pick up the ball from the midfield and Desire Tetty mostly operated from the left flank, leaving the center position vacant. 

Hilary Mukundane, his right back, spent much of the time in his half, forcing Karisa to drop back and pick balls from deep. 

But Head coach Beto Bianchi explained in a post-match press conference that he is yet to find the perfect team for Vipers having taken the Head Coach role a month back.

“We have had a very short time with this team, I took this project, not from the beginning, I came when the squad is already made, so the situation is not easy”. He said   

Vipers’ best Chance came in the 28th minute when Yunus Sentamu set, Milton Karisa but failed to tap in and Horoya’s goalkeeper saved the ball.

Before halftime, Horoya’s coach made two changes Mohamed Coumbassa and Dramane Nikiema, to replace, Daouda Camara, and Papa Ndiaye to boost their offensive department but the plans did not immediately pay off, leaving the score at 0-0 at the break.

However, before the finish of the game, Vipers SC was reduced to ten men as left-back Issa Mubiru was sent off for elbowing an opponent.

Muhamed Bangoura, Horoya’s Head Coach, told journalists after the game that getting a draw against Vipers on the road is an advantage for his team and that they would build from there.

Bianchi applauded his team for keeping a clean sheet despite failing to secure an early advantage of three points at home.

The result takes Vipers to one point in two games while their opponents Horoya claim the first place with four points in two games.

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