Vipers coach Edward Golola has pinned the draw against Villa on his players’ negative approach and missed chances on Wednesday.
Golola however thanked his players for the spirited second half performance, despite a slow start.
Vipers and SC Villa shared spoils on match-day six of the 2019/20 StarTimes UPL in a game played under Namboole floodlights.
“I want to thank my boys, although we haven’t won but we played a good game especially in the second half where we got numerous chances but failed to convert them,” Golola told the-SportsNation.com at Namboole. “Otherwise the game has been good.”
“Our approach was not good, we had a slow start but hopefully this will change in our next games.”
Vipers looked good value for the win on paper but struggled to settle into the game they approached cautiously.
Mzee Dan Sserunkuma impressed but Fahad Bayo failed to trouble a centre back pairing of captain Asuman Alishe and young debutant Gavin Kizito.
Sserunkuma had a goal disallowed when he was judged to be offside before his penalty appeal – when he was tripped into the box by Villa keeper Saidi Keni in the box – was waived.
The side missed dangerman Allan Kayiwa who picked an injury in a Cranes Namutima regional tour on Saturday where Cranes beat a West Nile select team in Adjuman.
Golola also admitted that Villa put up a good display but denied to comment whether Edward Kaziba’s side will be serious title contenders.
“Most of these Villa players are very talented, they knew our ability as some have been at Kitende. Whether they can challenge for the title, it’s too early to call,” Golola commented.
He also revealed that new signing Shaban Mohammed is still nursing an injury, and it will depend on the doctors to see when he will have his long awaited debut.
Vipers who have now drawn two games in a row, occupy sixth place with eight points from four games. They will host Proline FC on Saturday at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.