Both Rayon Sports FC and Sudan’s Al Hilal Omdurman failed to find a break through only for both sides to settle for 1-1 draw in the first round of the CAF Champions League game played at Stade de Nyamirambo on Sunday.
Rayon’s goal scoring machine Michael Sarpong opened the net in the 20th minute of the first half hour, however six minutes later the visitors equalized when Nazar Hamid Nassir made it one-all.
Rayon started confidently with Sarprong making an early run but was fouled by Nazar Nassir on the 4th minute of the game.
Nine minutes later, Fabrice Mugheni released a thunder short which decisively prompted a lusty cheer from the fans but it was stopped by goalie Yonis Atlayed Al Hassan who stood between the posts.
The Ghanaian striker almost made it two when he cracked a good low short but it went far from the right post 18 minutes into the half hour. Sarprong later found the net two minutes later.
However, just six minutes later the Rayon backline made an error only for Nassir to equal the matters for the visitors.
Al Hilal missed a great opportunity to make two when Atahi El Tahir Mohamed fired a tremendous first time short with his right foot but his ball went over the bar. The first ended one-all.
In the second half M Mugheni was handed a yellow card for a clumsy tackle on Walaa Eldin seven minutes into the second half, a minute later Robertinho Oliveira brought on Gilbert Mugisha for Ciza Hussein who was know where into the game.
Rayon dominated the ball at spells and made a few chances in the second half but they failed to capitalize on them.
Kenya match referee Anthony Ogwayo blew the final whistle after the full 90 minutes when both sides are still 1-1.
The return leg will be played on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at El Hilala stadium, Omduraman in Khartoum from 19:30 a defeat by Rayon will see them drop out this year’s CAF competition.
Both teams last faced each other in 1994 ahead of the Genocide war against Tutsi that saw over one million being killed, Rayon won by 4-2 goals.
Rayon’s newly signed players; Oumar Sidibé, Commodore Olokwei and Samuel Ndizeye did not make it it for game because CAF had released their transfer certificates that permits them to play for their new club.
El Hilal starting squad:
Yonis Altayeb Hassan, Abuaagla Abdalla Mohamed Ahmed, Walaa Eldin Musa Yagoub Mohamed, Waleed Bkhet Hamid, Samawal Merghani Noureldin Elyas. Nazar Hamid Nassir. Hussein Ibrahim Ahmed Morsal. Faris Abdalla Mamoun, Nasr Eldin Ahmed. Abdel Latif Saeed Osman Ismael (c) and Atahir El Tahir Babikir Mohamed
Rayon Sports FC:
Yves Kimenyi, Eric Rutanga, Herve Rugwiro, Imran Nshimiyimana, Jules Ulimwengu, Ciza Hussein, Eric Iradukunda, Michael Sarpong, Habimana Hussein, Jean Iranzi Claude Iranzi and Fabrice Mugheni Kakule