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Rwanda’s Rayon Sports enter CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Rwanda’s Rayon Sports club entered the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday after beating Tanzania’s Young Africans 1-0 here to finish second in Group D.

Rayon Sports’ winning goal was scored by Caleb Bimenyimana in the 19th minute in a fully packed stadium.

It was a do or die match for the Rwandan side to get a ticket to the last eight. However, Rayon played without their best players, including skipper Thierry Manzi, Olivier Niyonzima, Christ Mbondi and Yannick Mukunzi, who had been suspended by CAF.

Any result for Rayon, other than a victory, could have seen the team knocked out.

In another Group D match on Wednesday, USM Alger beat Kenyan side Gor Mahia 2-1 in Algeria to emerge top on the table with 11 points, followed by Rayon with 9 points, Gor Mahia with 8 points and Young Africans 4.



Morocco’s RS Berkane make history of entering CAF Confederation Cup quarters

RABAT Morocco (Xinhua) -- Debutant RS Berkane of Morocco defeated Mozambique’s UD Songo 2-1 to earn a place in the quarterfinals of CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday night.

The Moroccan team continued their impressive run in the African competition, grabbing additional three points at the Stade Municipal de Berkane to top Group B standings with 13 points ahead of the Egyptian team of Al Masry.

The hosts got off to a perfect start as Abdessamad El Mobarki broke the deadlock just 6 minutes into the encounter.

The Mozambicans surprised Berkane with an equalizer from Jimmy Julio Ukonde two minutes into the second half, but the Moroccan team ensured the leadership of Group B with a goal by Mohamed Ferhane in the 70th minute.

In the other game, Al Masry defeated Sudan’s Al Hilal 2-0 to finish second with 12 points. Sudanese giants and UD Songo were eliminated after taking only three points each.


Raja Casablanca advance to quarterfinals of African Confederation Cup

RABAT Morocco (Xinhua) -- Morocco’s Raja Casablanca hammered Ghana’s Aduana Stars 6-0 on Wednesday night to seal their place in the last eight of the CAF Confederation Cup.

While the Moroccan team needed just a draw to go through, they knew that a win would also grant them the first place in Group A if their rivals Vita Club of Congo lose their game against ASEC Mimosas of Cote d’Ivoire.

The latter scenario happened and with their win, Raja raced to the top spot with 11 points.

In a one-way game at the Complex Mohammed V in Casablanca, the hosts started with a very fast pace, scoring the first goal as early as the 3rd minute through striker Mohcine Iajour.

Iajour added the second goal in the 15th minute before the other striker Zakaria Hadraf scored the third and Soufiane Rahimi made it 4-0 three minutes later.

In the second half, Raja’s coach substituted three of his key attackers but the Moroccan team kept up the pressure to add more goals. Substitute Mahmoud Benhalib scored goals in the 67th and 82nd minute.

The win saw Raja finish first in Group A with 11 points, while Aduana Stars finished at the bottom with four points. Former group leaders Vita Club of Congo ended second with 10 points, and ASEC Mimosas remained third despite their 2-0 win against Vita Club.



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