CS Sfaxien coach Ruud Krol was delighted with leaving St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende without defeat although he would have wanted his side to score.
The four time Caf Confederation Cup winners were on the back foot for most of the time but were resilient at the back to thwart whatever the Venoms threw at them.
“It was a tough match for us in different conditions and on artificial turf,” Krol told the post-match press conference. “At home, its winter now and it was always going to be difficult and we are also used to playing on natural grass,” he went on.
“Drawing 0-0 is dangerous but better than losing 1-0. Our target was to score at least a goal and had two counters from which we could have scored but we didn’t.
The former Dutch international also paid tribute to his goalkeeper Aymen for keeping his side in the game for most of the time.
“They also had chances and we defended well but sometimes we were naïve. Thanks to our goalkeeper because I think he had a very a good game today.
Though advantage now seems to be in favour of CS Sfaxien, Krol expects another difficult encounter in seven days’ time.
“In Tunis, it will be another difficult game against a good team.
Vipers must score away from home and also avoid defeat to reach the group stages of the Caf Confederation Cup.