17 May 2018 12:07
Tanzania’s Young Africans and visiting Rayon Sports settled for a barren draw in their Group D Day Two match on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam.
It was a game of equal chances as both sides failed to hit the back of the net in the regional derby.
The visitors dominated the game for most occasions but squandered more than a dozen chances they created in both halves, but failed in their quest to score.
The barren draw was a setback for the Tanzania giants, who remain without a win from their last seven games. Yanga goalkeeper, Youthe Rostand, was up to task all through as he stood between Rayon and goal with timely saves.
Manishimwe Djabel, Shaban Hussein and Ismail Diarra were close to score for Rayon in the first 20 minutes but their efforts went wayward, just as Yanga defenders, Gadiel Michael and Hassan Kessy also had attempts at goal going wide.
The host took charge of the game on the half hour mark registering four shots on targets through Gadiel, Kessy, and Juma Mahadhi but Rayon goalie, Eric Ndayishimiye was up to task. On 35 minutes, Yusuf Mhilu came close to scoring for Yanga but his shot went wide.
The intensity of the game was high in the second half as Rayon took control of the game creating three chances in the first 15 minutes but all remains nothing but attempts.
Bad omen was heading Rayon’s way as Diara failed to convert what was a sitter inside the six yard on the 63rd minute before blowing away two more chances in the next two minutes as both teams shared spoils in the keenly contested encounter.
Yanga sits bottom of the table with one point, whilst USM Alger from Algeria tops with four points. Gor Mahia of Kenya and Rayon have two points apiece.
Noel Mwandila (Assistant Coach, Young Africans)
We wanted to win this game so as to be in good position to fulfil our ambition to qualify for the quarter final but we failed. Now we will need to win our next three games to get 10 points that can be enough to take us through. We are still facing some challenges but all players fought for the team. Thaban Kamusoko played well though he is still recovering from injury, just as Amissi Tambwe.
Ivan Minnaert (Rayon coach)
Yanga is a big team than us but we showed that we are afraid of nothing. We came here and played our style. We created a lot of chances; unfortunately we didn’t put the ball into the back of the net. We scored a goal but was ruled offside. We will fight to see what we can do in the remaining fixtures.
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*All times are in GMT