NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Algerian giants USM Algiers have taken a
commanding lead in their CAF Confederations Cup group, and will
be keen to extend the lead when they meet Kenya’s Gor Mahia in
Nairobi on May 16.
USM Algiers, who are
among the four CAF Confederation Cup top seeds, were favored to
beat Young Africans of Tanzania in Algiers, but the wide Group D
winning margin was surprising given the vast international
experience of the Dar es Salaam outfit.
Rayon Sport of
Rwanda and Gor Mahia, making their debut in the competition,
battled to a 1-1 draw in soggy Kigali pitch.
international Meddie Kagere put Gor ahead on 10 minutes and Eric
Rutanga levelled midway through the first half.
But Gor Mahia coach
Dylan Kerr will rue a yellow card his scorer picked as he will
miss the match against USM Algiers.
“It is a loss, and
we must look deep in our reservoirs and see who we will call
upon to take over his place. Gor Mahia are adopting well to this
competition and will surprise many teams,” Kerr said on Tuesday.
Kagere will miss the
second CAF Confederations Cup Group D encounter against USM
Algiers having picked a yellow card suspension.
After the round one
matches, USM Algiers top Group D on three points while Gor Mahia
are tied with Rayon Sports on one point each. The Young Africans
are last without a point.
Gor Mahia will also
have to play against English Championship side Hull City who
will tour Kenya on May 1. Hull City are expected in the country
on May 11 for a five day tour.