Rayon Sports FC suffered an early exit from the CAF African Champions League on Sunday, after a goalless draw away from home leaving Sudanese champions Al Hilal to progress to the next round.
The Rwandan defending champions went into the return leg of the continental showpiece with a 1-1 aggregate having drawn in the first leg at home- Nyamirambo stadium.
It started well for the visitors in the first 20 minutes when they had some three good chances but failed to capitalize on them when Malian goal machine Michael Sarpong, Fabrice Mugheni and Jules Ulimwengu failed to find the back of the net.
Al Hilal was confident playing in front of the home of fans at the 65,000 setter stadium. Waleed Bkahet Hamid’s through pass to Nazar Hamid Nassir was one clear opportunity but it was intercepted by Rayon’s defender Saidi Iragire.
Jean Baptiste Kayiranga, Rayon’s caretaker was forced to make an early substitution at the 30th minute of the game bringing on Gilbert Mugisha for Herve Rugwiro who was injured before the half-hour.
The host began the second half in high gear searching for a goal, Waleed Bakhet Hamis was denied a goal by Rayon’s goalie Yves Kimenyi who palmed the ball for a corner minutes into the second half.
All three shorts from Walaa Eldin Musa, Yagoub Mohamed and Nazar Hamid Nassir could nail the visitors in the second half but all three of the shorts went far wide.
After eight minutes, Kayiranga brought on Mirafa Nizeyimana for Fabrice Mugheni who got an injury.
Rayon for their part looked uninspired even with the switching of Ciza Hussein for Jean Claude Iranzi, his introduction could not break the deadlock.
The Rwandan side managed to create very few if any, clear-cut opportunities in the second half even if they did, the Sudanese were often forced to defend in numbers.
The full time saw, Somalia ref Hassan Mohmed blew the final whistle that set Al Halil fans and players in frenzy to celebrate a vital boost in morale before the next round.
The Sudanese champions now progress through and will face the winner between Enyimba FC of Nigeria and Rahimo FC of Burkino Faso.