Africa-Press – Rwanda. Rayon Sports and APR settled for a goalless draw in the Peace Cup semifinals first leg on Wednesday afternoon at the Kigali Stadium.
The encounter lived up to expectations with quality football although it was bereft of goals as the attack of both sides was very blunt on the day.
There will be all to play for on May 18 when the two teams go into battle again at the same venue for the second leg with a place in the grand finale at stake.
Weekend Sport looks at four things we learnt from the first leg.
Leandre Onana remains the live wire of Rayon Sports
The Cameroonian attacker remains the heartbeat of Rayon Sports. He is arguably their best player upfront.
He remained a real headache for APR and in the thirty minutes he played before being subbed off with injury, he drew as many as six fouls.
APR had a breather when Onana went out. It is evidently clear that he would have burried most of the glaring chances his countryman Mael Dindjeke squandered.
APR should utilize strength of Omborenga
Omborenga Fitina was APR’s best player on the day with his surging runs down the flanks.
He was really dangerous each time he moved forward. Looking at how he operates, Fitina will be very efficient as a wingback.
Coach Adil Mohamed must perhaps consider playing a system of three defenders at the back which will relieve Fitina of more defensive duties as he will feature as a wingback with more offensive tasks down the line.
Rayon Sports still needs a number 9
It is evidently clear that Mael Dindjeke and Musa Essenu are not the players to guide Rayon to trophies.
The duo have been very poor in all competitions this season and without Onana who is mainly a number 10, the club struggles. Against APR, if Rayon had a formidable striker they could have demolished the Army side as they created many goal scoring chances.
APR FC also needs a striker
Just like their counterparts, APR also has a problem of goal scoring. It was very clear on Wednesday that they are not potent upfront.
Yannick Bizimana had a couple of decent goal scoring chances and missed them all. At a point, Djabel Manishimwe who is a midfielder left his midfield duties and was the one who was the lone ranger upfront looking for the goal.