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Tanzania’s YANGA Humiliates APR in Kigali

Rwanda champions APR were dealt a huge blow to their continental ambitions losing 2-1 at home to Tanzanian outfit Young Africans in the first leg of the 1/16 th round on Saturday at the Amahoro Stadium.

The military side conceded two goals courtesy of Juma Abdul in the first half and Thaban Kamusoko after the break whilst Patrick Sibomana got a consolation for the former in the closing stages.

‘Yanga’ as the Tanzanians are nicknamed broke the deadlock after 20 minutes through Juma after Abdul Rwatubyaye fouled striker Amiss Tambwe. Juma scored with long range strike from 32-metres before Kamusoko doubled the lead on 73 minutes capitalising on a blunder by the homers backline.

Sibomana gave the home fans a reason to smile with the consolatory strike in added-on time, but it was little enough to save new APR coach Nizar Khanfir from tasting his first defeat barely days after joining the capital-based side.

“We lost to a big team. We made two mistakes and they punished us. We have to work hard ahead of the return leg. It is still an open game for us. We have to work hard and win the game in Tanzania”, said Tunisia-born Khanfir.

“We made some silly mistakes and we have a lot of work to do with this team. However, I’m confident that we can do better”, he concluded.

“I am happy with the win. APR made mistakes and we punished them. We hope to do better in the second leg as we are in good position to eliminate them”, said Yanga coach Hans Van Der Pluijm.

The Tanzania giants looked more aggressive and were rewarded with another brilliant chance at the half-hour mark minute thanks to the dominance of Rwanda national team captain Haruna Niyonzima, Amiss Tambwe and Donald Ngoma, but Emery Bayisenge and Abdul Rwatubyaye matched them squarely.

In second half, APR had a chance to draw level but Fiston Nkezingabo saw his long range effort go wide, whilst attempts by Jean-Claude Iranzi, Rwatubyaye, Yannick Mukunzi and Bernabe Mubumbyi were saved by Yanga goalie Ally Mustapha.

This is the second meeting between the two clubs since 1996, when APR beat Yanga 3-1 on aggregate at the preliminary round of the same competition.

The second leg will take place on Saturday, 19 March 2016 in Dar es Salaam with the winner scheduled to face either Recreativo do Libolo of Angola or Egyptian giants, Al Ahly at the next round.

By Robert Muriisa, Sources.

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