CAF Confederation Cup (Preliminary Round): Volcan De Moroni (Comoros) 1-1 Vipers (Uganda)
Aggregate Score: 1-1 (Vipers progress on away goals rule)
Uganda’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup progressed to the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup following a one all away draw with Comoros side, Volcan De Moroni on Saturday.
In a match played under humid conditions at Stade De Moroni on the Indian Ocean island nation, the home team took a shock lead inside the opening quarter of the game.
Kamal Djabir scored in the 15th minute to ignite the moods of the hundreds of spectators who included the country’s number one citizen, President Azali Assoumani.
The visitors played like gallant soldiers on war expedition, scoring directly from a free-kick through midfielder Deus Bukenya in the 29th minute.
The free-kick was a result of a foul on the industrious team skipper Nico Wakiro Wadada.
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Vipers then missed taking the lead when tennager striker Francis Onekalit missed a seater off a telling ball from Erisa Ssekisambu.
The half time score-line read one all as the two sides returned to the lockerooms for the mandatory half time talk.
Eight minutes into the second half, Vipers technical wing called for the first change in the game.
Young forward Francis Onekalit Francis created spaced for the trusted, tried and tested Tony Odur as they pushed for a killer.
Midfielder Kezironi Kizito then replaced Brian Nkuubi inside the final 25 minutes of the game as the visitors changed tactics to a defensive mode.
Gangly striker Alfred Leku came on for the tired legs of Erisa Ssekisambu with four minutes to the game eclipse.
Midfielders Brian Nkuubi and Siraje Sentamu, left back Aggrey Madoi and striker Onekalit were the four changes introduced in the starting line up by coaches Richard Wasswa and Edward Golola.
Towering goalie James Alitho, defenders Bashir Asiku and Dan Birikwaliwa, midfielder Moses Waiswa and forward Alfred Leku remained the unused substitutes.
Nkuubi was booked for time wasting as the game progressed.
Christened the Venoms, Vipers qualify to the next hurdle on the away goals rule following a goal-less stalemate a week ago at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.
Vipers progress to the first round where they are bound to face either Platinum Stars of South Africa or Mozambique’s Uniao do Songo who play later on Saturday.
How Vipers Assembled in Comoros:
Isima Bin Abdul Rashid Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Captain), Aggrey Madoi, Shafik Bakaki, Halid Lwaliwa, Deus Bukenya, Siraje Ssentamu, Brian Nkuubi (65’ Kezironi Kizito), Milton Karisa, Francis Onekalit (53’ Tonny Odur), Erisa Ssekisambu (86′ Alfred Leku)
Subs Not Used:
James Alitho (G.K), Bashir Asiku, Dan Birikwalira, Moses Waiswa Ndhohdhi
Center Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)