Rwanda’s Rayon Sports and Azam of Tanzania extended their hunt for Group A’s top spot as either side booked wins in their second matches played on Sunday at Amahoro stadium.
Substitute Gentil Kalita Kambale played a crucial role as he helped Rayon Sports defeat Ethiopia’s Adama City 2-1.
Kambale scored two stunning second half goals against Adama City FC who showed signs of fatigue following their late arrival in Rwanda on Saturday night.
Following Leon Uwambazimana’s replacement after half time, Kambale scored the first goal through a brilliant header off a neat cross from impressive right full back Karim Nizigiyimana in the 57th minute.
The lead was doubled when he met a lost ball from Karim Nizigiyimana’s cross again which was neglected by Adama defense, thus arising to unleash a powerful shot past goal keeper Yakob Fiseha in the 79th minute.
Striker Wonooson Milkesa scored Adama’s consolation from Takele Alemayehu’s cross to beat defender Arafat Serugendo and goalie Jean Luc Ndayishimiye.
In other Group A game, Azam put four past KMKM of Zanzibar to go on four points same as Rayon Sport but the former have superior goal difference.
Skipper John Rafael Bocco and new signing Lionel Saint Preux scored a brace each to book a win for the Tanzanian champions.
KMKM and South Sudan’s Atlabara who drew in their first match, each have a point on the table standings.
Underdogs Telecom stuns KCCA
In Group B, underdogs Telecom of Djibouti sent out a warning to the remaining opponents after a 2-1 deserved victory over ten-man Uganda champions KCCA.
The Djibouti champions secured the win courtesy of brilliant strikes from Mustapha Mohammad in the 43rdminute and Aboubaker Djama in the 89th minute.
KCCA were wasteful with Brian Majwega, Brian Omony and William Wadri being the main culprits. They dealt a major blow in the second half when defender Ronnie Kisekka received a second bookable yellow card after handling deliberately.
With Omony wasting two clear opportunities with 30 minutes to go, Wadri scored the lone goal for KCCA in the 65th minute, notching a fine header off Sakka Mpima’s cross following an interchange of passes with substitute Herman Wasswa.
The win for Telecom has thrown race to the summit of Group ‘B’ wide open as three clubs (APR, Gor Mahia and Telecom), all have three points in one match played so far.
Matches move to Nyamirambo
Meanwhile, Kenya’s Gor Mahia can snatch top spot if they book a win over Atletico of Burundi on Monday afternoon. All the remaining group stage matches will now be played at Nyamirambo stadium.
Action will also be underway in Group ‘C’ as defending champions Vital’O look to extend their hunt for title defense when they take on Rwanda’s Police FC in the third game of the day.
Earlier in the afternoon Banadir of Somalia will have played Sudanese champions El Merreikh.
KCC FC 1-2 Telecom
Azam FC 4-0 KMKM
Rayon Sports 2-1 Adama City
Banadir v El-Merreikh
Gor Mahia v Atletico
Vital ‘O’ v Police
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