Ibrahim Kayiwa in action against Volcan de Moroni Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE
[/media-credit] Brian Kakaire replaced Ssekisambu but made no impact Credit: © Kawowo Sports / AMINAH BABIRYE

Comoros’ Volcan de Moroni left Namboole stadium feeling confident of progressing to the next round after holding Vipers to a barren draw in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The hosts were dominant in the first leg of the preliminary stage but were lethargic against a well organised defensive minded visiting team.

Kawowo Sports’ Ismael Kiyonga rates the Venoms players on the day

Ismail Watenga 6.0: He had little to do in the game as the visitors never threatened but read the game well midway the second half to catch a low cross from the right. Also fortunate the goal he conceded was disallowed after colliding with teammate Dan Birikwalira.

Nicholas Wadada 5.0: He was uninspiring on the day. Against a side that provided little going forward, the captain failed to capitalize by going offensive. Always positioned himself poorly when his team attacked.

Dan Birikwalira 6.0: The diminutive left back looked impressive both defensively and going forward but fortunate his mistake didn’t result into goal in the first half.

Shafik Bakaki 5.0: He looked like an accident waiting to happen whenever opponents threatened but fortunately, they didn’t ask many questions.

Halid Lwaliwa 6.0: The dependable centre back was as assured as usual. Good on the ground, colossus in the air and made a few offensive runs especially in the first half.

Deus Bukenya 6.5: He was brilliant as usual and shielded the back four with the much needed cover. Won a lot of duels including one late in the first half to deny the striker who had just Watenga to beat after leaving the two centre backs in a puzzle.

Keziron Kizito 5.0: He was supposed to take the team forward but failed have any influence on the proceedings in the middle of the pack.

Moses Waiswa 4.0: A continental debut to forget for the lad who looked slow and always made more diagonal passes when passing forward would have been a better option.

He also missed a great chance to volley home but saw his acrobatic effort fly over the bar.

Tony Odur 5.0: His experience was supposed to be vital in the game but lacked sharpness in front of goal and when presented with opportunities, he was sluggish although he was a bit unlucky to see his attempt tipped over the bar for a corner.

Erisa Ssekisambu 4.5: A disappointing afternoon for the Cranes striker as he was limited to a few touches on the ball in the final third and no surprise, he was the first to leave the pitch.

Milton Karisa 6.0: The liveliest of the Vipers’ attackers on the day but without a breakthrough. Registered the most shots on and off target and gave the defense lots of questions to ponder.

Substitutes

Brian Kakaire 5.0: Came on for Ssekisambu but cut a lazy figure and made no impact.

Ibrahim Kayiwa 5.5: His introduction was expected to spur the already unconvincing midfield but nothing much changed.

Francis Onekalit 5.0: He is one for the future but had a few good touches on the ball as well.

Coach Richard Wasswa 6.0:

His decision to lead the line with Karisa was a bit surprising given he had the more experienced Tony Odur on the flanks.

True, the new signing from Bul didn’t do badly but Odur could have done better in such tight areas as Karisa thrives more as winger.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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