CS Sfaxien goalie Aymen denies Vipers first leg advantage

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  • Vipers SC 0-0 CS Sfaxien
CS Sfaxien goalkeeper Ayman Dahmen

Vipers SC were held to a goalless draw by Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien in the first leg of the Caf Confederation Cup playoff at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende on Saturday.

The Ugandan champions put in a good show on the afternoon but were largely denied by poor finishing and good goalkeeping by Ayman Dahmen.

In the first half, Kenyan import Noah Wafula should have put the Venoms in the lead but missed connection on Yayo Lutimba low cross that beat the CS Sfaxien defence.

Noah Wafula

Moments later, he miscued another ball when faced with goalie Ayman as another opportunity went begging.

Tito Okello also headed on the cross bar although the assistant referee had raised the offside flag.

Fabien Mutombora also tipped Achraf Zouaghi over the bar after an attempt from long range.

Taddeo Lwanga foiled an attack by an opponent, raced past a couple of opponents and set Moses Waiswa only for his effort to be blocked for a corner which CS Sfaxien defended.

After recess, Vipers technical bench led by Michael Ouma made a forced change with Brian Nkuubi taking the place of injured Bashir Asiku with Geoffrey Wasswa taking a place at the centre back to partner Livingstone Mulondo.

Abraham Ndugwa also came on for Wafula who had an off day as the Venoms went all out.

Tito Okello had two headers saved off the line by Ayman while Taddeo Lwanga ball was also cleared off the line as the hosts pressed for the opener.

The visitors also had chances on the counter but at the final whistle, the game ended goalless.

A return match will be played in seven days in Tunis with the aggregate winner qualifying for the group stages of the competition.

Vipers SC Line up: Fabien Mutombora (G.K), Ibrahim Kiyemba, Lutimba Yayo Kato, Livingstone Mulondo, Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa, Taddeo Lwanga (Captain), Moses Waiswa, Innocent Wafula, Okello Tito, Dan Sserunkuma

Subs: Derrick Ochan, Brian Nkuubi Ssemakula, Tom Masiko, Abraham Ndugwa, Davis Kasirye, Steven Mukwala, Joseph Jjanjali

CS Sfaxien Line up: Ayman Dahmen (G.K), Nasim Hnid, Hani Amamu, Hamza Mathlouthi, Achraf Zouaghi (Captain), Hamza Jlassi, Houssem Dagdoug, Walid Karoui, Aymen Harzi, Jassem Hamdouni, Chris Banhourin Kouakou

Subs: Mohamed Hedi Kaaloul (G.K), Fabrice Elysee Kouadio Kouakou, Habib Oueslati, Mohamed Ali Moncer

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