By Fred Kyambadde
Vipers were left to rue several missed chances after being held to a goalless draw by visiting Volcan de Moroni in the first leg of the Caf Confederations Cup preliminary round at Namboole on Saturday.
Playing on the continent for the second consecutive year after winning last season’s Uganda Cup, Coach Richard Wasswa named an attacking lineup as the team sought a first leg advantage.
Mid-season recruit Milton Kaliisa started upfront alongside Erisa Sekisambu and Tony Odur while Moses Waiswa, Keziron Kizito and Deus Bukenya were employed in midfield in what looked like a 4-3-3 formation.
Kaliisa showed early intent shooting wide in the second minute while the forward also thwarted on 11 minutes as the visitors’ goalkeeper Faiz Oussene pushed his effort wide for a corner.
A flurry of efforts then followed with Oussene tipping over Odur’s long range strike and the forward like Kizito then shooting over thereafter.
Kaliisa then flashed a shot across goal following after some good interplay involving Kizito Keziron in what appeared to be the team’s best passage of play.
In the second half Brian Kakaire replaced Sekisambu with the left winger’s crosses causing trouble in the opposition defense.
With the visitors barely offering a threat going forward, the tempo of the game dropped slightly despite the additions Ibrahim Kayiwa and Francis Onekalit.
A couple of Deus Bukenya headers were then dealt with by the goalkeeper to leave the visitors the happier side going into the second leg in Comoros on Saturday.