Rwanda’s APR edges Kenya’s Gor Mahia in CAF Champions League qualifier

TOPSHOT - This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Champions league at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Rwandan giants APR F.C. will take a narrow lead against Kenyan champions Gor Mahia into the second leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round qualifier after a 2-1 win in Kigali on Saturday.

A photo of the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Champions League trophy. (Photo credit MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

An own goal by Lawrence Juma just after the hour mark gave the Rwandans victory after Kenneth Muguna had cancelled out Sefu Niyonzima’s opener for the hosts.

The Kenyan side’s preparations for the match had been marred by reports of unrest within the squad owing to financial and logistical challenges amid strict COVID-19 protocols.

Elsewhere, Firas Chaouat scored a second-half hat-trick as Tunisian side CS Sfaxien virtually sealed their tie with a 5-0 hammering Zanzibar’s Mlandege 5-0 away from home. Kingsley Eduwo and Hani Amamou scored the first two goals for the visitors.

Zimbabwe’s Platinum F.C. and Sudan’s Al Hilal Omdurman secured vital 1-0 and 2-1 away wins against Costa do Sol of Mozambique and Vipers S.C. of Uganda respectively.

In other matches, Botswana’s Jwaneng Galaxy defeated Zilimadjou of Comoros 4-0 while Forest Rangers (Zambia) and AS Bouenguidi (Gabon) settled for a scoreless draw. Benin’s Buffles du Borgou and Algerian side MC Alger drew 1-1.

The game between Al Ahly Benghazi of Libya and Ethiopia’s Mekelle 70 Enderta F.C. did not take place as the latter failed to show up for the game.

Another 14 first leg preliminary round games will be played on Sunday, November 29.