Rwanda’s Rayon Sports and Azam of Tanzania extended their hunt for a Group A top spot as either side booked a win 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 in a third match of the day which was watched by a mammoth crowd.
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.
StrikerWonoosonMilkesa scored Adama’s consolation from TakeleAlemayehu’s cross to beat defender Arafat Serugendo and goalie Jean Luc Ndayishimiye.
Their Group A rivals Azam Fc put four past KMKM of Zanzibar in the second game of the day to go on four points same as Rayon Sport but the former have a better goal difference.
Skipper John Rafael Bocco and new signing Lionel Saint Preuxscored a double 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
Telecom of Djibouti who was considered underdogs in Group B sent a warning to the remaining opponents as they registered a 2-1 deserved victory over ten-man Uganda champions KCCA in the day’s only group match.
The Djibouti champions secured the win courtesy of brilliant strikes from Mustapha Mohammad in the 43rd minute and AboubakerDjama in the 88th minute.
KCCA were wasteful with Brian Majwega, Brian Omony and William Wadri being the main culprits. KCCA were dealt a major blow in the second when defender Ronnie Kisekka received a second bookable yellow card following his intentional handball.
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 SakkaMpiima’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, GorMahia and Telecom), all have three points in one match played so far.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s GorMahia can snatch top spot if they book a win over Atletico of Burundi on Monday afternoon.
Action will also be underway in Group C as defending champions 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 take on Sudanese champions El Merreikh at 1pm with all matches set to be played at Kigali Regional Stadium.
KCC FC 1-2 Telecom
Azam FC 4-0 KMKM
Rayon Sports 2-1 Adama City
Banadir v El-Merreikh- 1pm
GorMahia v Atletico-3pm
Vital ‘O’ v Police-5pm