Rwandan side Rayon Sports defeated Young Africans of Tanzania 1-0 in the final Group D match to seal a historical qualification to the quarter-final round of the CAF Confederation Cup.
In a game played on Wednesday at Stade de Kigali, Rayon Sports scored early in the 19th minute with a brilliant finish from Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana, enabling the hosts to advance to the last eight of the lucrative club competition.
As a result, Rwanda’s Rayon finished second in Group D with 9 points, while Tanzanian outfit Yanga crashed out of the competition after finishing fourth on the table.
The historical landmark for Rayon Sports started in May when they were held to a goalless draw in Kigali by Gor Mahia FC. They then went to Tanzania and also played a goalless draw two weeks later.
In July, they lost 2-1 in Kigali at the hands of USM Alger before Rayon Sport and USM Alger played out a 1-all stalemate in Algerian capital.
Then on August 19, Robert Oliveira’s side registered a vital 2-1 victory over Gor Mahia to register a total of two wins, three draws and one defeat.
In another encounter, USM Alger edged out Gor Mahia 2-1 to qualify on top of the standings with 11 points. Prince Ibarra scored the opening goal before Amir Sayaoud doubled the lead. Gor Mahia got their consolation goal courtesy of a late strike from George Odhiambo.
Gor Mahia finished third with 8 points while Young Africans remain rooted at the bottom of the standings with 4 points.