Vipers (Uganda) 1 – 0 Platinum Stars (South Africa)
Call it a sign of good omen. Vipers Sports Club has officially unveiled their state of art St Mary’s stadium with a great performance capped with victory in the CAF Confederation cup first round.
Forward Milton Karisa broke the deadlock barely a minute into the start of the second half of the well attended match that also witnessed Uganda’s Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and the Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga among the special dignitaries.
Karisa was well stationed to connect home a telling and teasing delivery from the industrious team captain Nico Wakiro Wadada.
The goal was well awaited following a series of missed opportunities in the opening 45 minutes.
Erisa Ssekisambu was culprit on two occasions, once heading Dan Birikwaliwa’s cross over Mbongeni Mzimela’s goal posts and the other mis-kicking a Sserumaga well set ball.
The visitors rarely tested the home side with the closet chance in the first half being Vuyo Mere’s shoot over and a disallowed goal from gangly forward Boginkonsi Ntuli after an offside call.
Ntuli held his head in disbelief after Lesotho FIFA referee William Osiase William Koto disallowed effort.
The visitors head coach Calvin Johnson called for the first change of the day.
Tintiswalo Tshaba paved way for Mathe Kamogelo on the hour mark before Benson Shilongo replaced Sipho Sene 7 minutes later.
Shilongo missed a free header off Mabena Ndumiso moments after his introduction.
Vipers’ Jorge De Santos in his debut appearance for Vipers had a busy evening at office.
He rarely sat on the substitutes’ bench as shouted instructions almost poking his lungs out.
The Portugese brought on Tony Odur for an injured Ssekisambu with 20 minutes to play.
Brian Nkuubi also limped out as he created room and space for Kezironi Kizito in the 88th minute.
The final change for the home team was merely a technical tactic to buy time when hard tackling Siraje Sentamu came in for Mike Sserumaga.
Platinum Stars head home in the wee hours of Sunday morning in preparation for the second leg coming up in a week’s time.
Vipers needs to avoid defeat or lose by a margin of one goal to be assured of progress to the next stage.
Team Line ups:
Vipers XI: Ismail Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Captain), Dan Bilikwalila, Shafik Bakaki, Halid Lwaliwa, Deus Bukenya, Erisa Sekisambu, Moses Waiswa, Brian Nkuubi, Milton Karisa, Mike Sserumaga
70’ Erisa Ssekisambu Out, Tony Odur On
88’ Brian Nkuubi Out, Kezironi Kizito On
90+3’ Mike Sserumaga Out, Siraje Sentamu On
Subs Not Used: James Alitho (G.K), Francis Onekalit, Pius Wanji, Bashir Asiku
Platinum Stars XI:Mbongeni Mzimela (G.K), Vuyo Mere, Mkemane Mlilo, Ndumiso Mabena, Sipho Sene, Solomon Mathe, Tintiswalo Tshaba, Siyabonga Zulu, Boginkonsi Ntuli, Mdumduzi Nhlapo, Michael Mabule
60’ Tintiswalo Tshaba Out, Mathe Kamogelo On
67’ Sipho Sene Out, Benson Shilongo On
Subs: Siphiwe Sithole, Sibusiso Msomi, Katlego Khonou, Neo Links, Kamogelo Mathe
Center Referee: William Osiase William Koto (Lesotho)
1st Assistant Referee: Canisius Makara (Lesotho)
2nd Assistant Referee: Mapoho Mapoho (Lesotho)
4th Official: Lebalanga Mokete (Lesotho)
Match Commissioner: Bestor Kalombo (Malawi)
Media Officer: Kelvin Kenneth Muwanga (Uganda)
Security Officer: Sam Lwere (Uganda)
Referee coordinator: Dennis Batte (Uganda)