Horoya content with point off Vipers – Bangoura

Horoya AC head coach Bangoura says a draw against Vipers SC is welcome but not ideal for their prospects of progress to the CAF Champions League knockout rounds | Photo by AC Horoya

CAF CL Horoya content with point off Vipers – Bangoura

Shafic Kiyaga 09:46 - 19.02.2023

The result left Horoya in a strong position after collecting four points from their opening two group games.

Kanfory Lappe Bangoura reluctantly agreed that a point away from home against Vipers SC was good enough regards their ambition of progressing from group C in the CAF Champions League.

Both sides came into the game with diverging ambitions. Horoya searching for a second victory to build on their victory over Simba SC and consolidate their chances of early progress.

The Venoms on the other hand, were looking to bounce back from their humbling defeat to Raja Casablanca as they played in front of the home crowd for the first time in the group stage.

In the end though, the two cancelled out each other in a drab goalless draw at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Saturday.

Speaking after the game, Bangoura said: “I think after it all we can take the point collected. I would have appreciated if we had taken all three because I felt we had a chance and potential to.”

"We had moments when we played pretty well. But it took us a lot of time to adopt to certain things like the strong wind, and then the physicality of the game.”

Both sides shared chances throughout the game with Horoya’s best chances falling to Pape Ndiaye who nearly was gifted after goalkeeper Alfred Mudekereza dropped the ball at his feet, but was not able to capitalize.

Ndiaye came closest in the second half when his free kick caught Mudekereza flat footed but was agonizingly denied by the upright.

The result left Horoya in a strong position after collecting four points from their opening two group games.

In terms of his side's prospects of progress to the knockout rounds, Bangoura stressed: “We can only influence this by winning and we didn't do that.”

“The four points we have collected may not have been the dream, but they are good enough to give us a chance in the fight for progress.

“When you look at the level of teams in the group, it is still a long road to confirm anything but we can be optimistic that we can fight on

“Like I have said, Horoya is now in a positive position to progress, and now we must try to look ahead to the two games against Raja which will be important,” Bangoura continued.

Horoya are now second in group C, on four points, two points behind Morocco’s Raja Casablanca who continued their perfect form with at 3-0 victory over Tanzania’s Simba SC on Saturday.

Horoya and Raja will now play back to back games. First, they will visit the Green Eagles at the Mohamed V Stadium on February 25.

The two will face off in the rematch on March 25 at the Stade 28 Septembre, in Conakry.