Rwanda’s flag bearer in the CAF Confederation Cup, Mukura VS suffered a poor start to their bid of reaching the lucrative stage as they lost 0-3 away to Sudanese giants Al Hilal Omburman in Khartoum on Sunday night.
Goals from Mohamed Mukhtar, Idriss Mbombo and Mohamed Bashir inspired the home side to a morale boosting victory ahead of the upcoming weekend’s return leg at Huye Stadium in Huye District.
Mukura VS tried its best to find the net but good defending from Al Hilal Omburman’s players denied them any chance to snatch a favourable result away in Sudan.
Al Hilal Omburman travels to Kigali mid this week to face Mukura VS in Sunday’s (January 20) return leg on astro truf of Huye Stadium.
Mukura VS needs four goals to nil for a berth in the CAF Confederation Cup group stages.
Meanwhile, Rwandan forward Jacques Tuyisenge found the net as Kenyan giants Gor Mahia edged out New Stars de Douala 2-1 at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.
K’Ogalo went ahead in the 41st minute through Lawrence Juma but Benjamin Bechem scored the equalizer for the visitors in the 72nd minute.
Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge restored the lead with a powerful header from Ugandan defender Shafik Batambuze assist in the 87th minute.
The Kenyan champions head to Limbe, Cameroon for the return leg match next week and will need at least a draw to sail through to the group stage of the continental championship.
In other matches, Zambia’s Zesco United beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 and Ethiopia’s Jimma Kenema fell 1-0 at home to Hassania Agadir. Al Nasr edged Salitas FC 1-0, IT Tanger played a goalless draw against Zamalek SC, Congo’s AS Otoho D’Oyo scored three goals without response past Uganda’s 12 time Uganda Premier League champions, Asante Kotoko defeated Cotonsport 3-2 while Lesotho’s Bantu FC lost to Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers 1-2 among others.
CAF Confederation Cup Play-off Round
First Leg Match Results
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Al Hilal Omdurman 3-0 Mukura VS
Gor Mahia FC 2-1 New Star Douala
Al-Nasr SC 1-0 Salitas FC
IR Tanger 0-0 Zamalek SC
Otoho d’Oyo 3-0 KCCA FC
Cotonsport 2-3 Asante Kotoko
Bantu FC 1-2 Enugu Rangers
Jimma Aba Jifar 0-1 Hassania Agadir
Zesco United 3-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Nkana 3-0 San Pedro
Vipers 0-0 CS Sfaxien
African Stars 1-1 Raja Casablanca
Stade Malien 1-1 Petro Atletico