Gor Mahia 1-2 Rayon Sport
Young Africans 2-1 USM Algers
Kenyan champions Gor Mahia on Sunday night complicated their chances of a smooth sailing into the Caf Confederation Cup quarter-finals after suffering a shock 2-1 loss to Rayon Sports of Rwanda at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
The visitors Rayon Sports Football Club got the opener as early as three minutes from a well taken goal that sent a signal of what was to come later.
Left back Eric Rutanga beat his marker down the left before delivering an inch-perfect cross that resulted into a wild celebration from the few Rayon fans on the opposite stand.
He scored in the reverse fixture as well won the game with a beauty of a strike from a free kick that left the Gor Mahia goalkeeper with no chance.
Burundian forward Francis Mustafa restored the buzzing atmosphere at the half-packed Kasarani stands with a 21st minute equalizer after dispossessing Abdul Rwatubyaye to slam a right-footed effort into the back of the net.
The match ended 1-1 at half time but the two sides came out hungry for success after the break.
Rutanga scored in the reverse fixture as well won the game with a beauty of a strike from a free kick that left the Gor Mahia goalkeeper Odhoji with no chance.
This prompted Gor head coach Dylan Kerr to make charges that led to the opening open up as they searched for the equalizer and this gave the Rayon Sport more space at the back although both sides failed to hit the back of the net.
Last minute efforts by the hosts to get an equalizer bore no fruit as the cash-strapped Rwandans, who travelled with a team of 15 players, broke into jubilation after the final whistle.
Despite the loss, Gor Mahia remains top of the group with 8 points after USM Alger lost 2-1 in Tanzania against Yanga African FC.
The Kenyan champions, who face Algerian side USM Alger in the final group stage match in 10 days’ time, remain top of Group D on eight points, two ahead of the Rwandan champions who need a win in their last game against Tanzania’s Young Africans to stand a chance of going through.
Rayon will be hoping the Algerians, who remain second on eight points after suffering a shock 2-1 loss to Yanga in Dar es Salaam on Sunday night, beat Gor Mahia in Algiers.
By JeJje Muhinde