Rayon Sports were held to a goalless draw by Enyimba FC in the first leg quarterfinal game of the TOTAL CAF Confederation Cup 2018 in Kigali on Sunday.
Rwanda’s Rayon Sports hosted Nigeria’s Enyimba International Football Club in Total CAF Confederation Cup 2018 quarterfinal first leg game in a match staged at Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo.
With Rayon Sports making it in the quarters of the CAF Confederation Cup, the secondary African inter club football competition for the first time, Enyimba won the Africa’s major inter club competition twice in history.
The Nigerians won two CAF Champions league titles in 2004 and 2005.
Rayon Sports became the first East African football club to reach the TOTAL CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals after they finished second in group D with nine points, behind USM Alger who finished standing on top with 11 points.
At a filled Kigali Stadium, Rayon Sports dominated the first 25 minutes of the game but Enyimba got back into the game and finished the halftime leading with a 51% ball possession.
It could have been 1-0 in the 25th minute, had it not been Enyimba’s goalie Theophilos Afelokhai who saved a well played header by Caleb Bimenyimana who received an aerial ball by Saddam Nyandwi; the man who displayed an impressive game in the first half.
In the 34th minute, a poor positioning by Rayon’s goalkeeper Abouba Bashunga would have almost made it a score for the visitors but a good play by skipper Rwatubyaye saved the hosts.
Half time ended both sides having not been able to open the scores.
Enyimba’s goalie Afelokhai’s impressive goalkeeping
In the 74th minute, Caleb Bimenyimana alone, face to face against Enyimba’s keeper Afelokhai, Rayon fans stood up ready to celebrate a goal only to be excellently saved by Enyimba’s keeper and receiving applause from spectators.
Six minutes to full time which ended in scoreless clash, Bimenyimana again couldn’t convert into goal a chance alone with impressive Afelokhai who caught the ball to the agony of Rayon Sports fans.
Both teams kept hunting a goal until Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal blew his final whistle to end the game in a 0-0 score result.
The return game will see Rayon Sports fly to Lagos for an encounter against Enyimba on September 23 and the eventual winner between Rayon Sports and Enyimba will face in the semifinals the winner between CARA Brazzaville and Raja Casablanca whose first leg match ended in a 1-2 Cara Brazzaville’s home loss to Raja Casablanca.