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Total 2020/2021 CAF Confederations Cup: Namungo FC Condemns Al Rabita FC 3-0 In Preliminary Round

Namungo FC Team posing for a photo during a league game against SC Simba Photo: Club Media Team

Tanzania FA Cup winners Namungo FC condemned South Sudan Cup winners Al Rabita FC Juba into a 3-0 defeat at the Azam Sports Complex the home of Azam Football Club on Saturday 28th November 2020 at the ongoing Total CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round.

Just like Al Rabita FC Juba, the East African outfit marked their first appearance in the continental scene with a resounding win over their East African counterparts Al Rabita FC Juba. 

Namungo FC during the Al Rabita FC Juba game

Namungo FC put one leg in the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup after registering a compatable 3-0 win against Al-Rabita FC Juba of South Sudan in a match played on Saturday.

The Tanzanian side, who are taking part in the CAF competition by virtue of playing in the final of the domestic cup last season, were the better side in the contest played at Chamazi Stadium.

Namungo FC went into the match knowing they had to use their home ground advantage and avoid conceding goals and they did exactly that as they took a deserved lead through Stephen Sey in the 20th minute.

Namungo FC

Sey was on target again 19 minutes later after rounding up the Al-Rabita FC Juba keeper to stab home the second goal and they were not done yet as Shiza Kichuya assured that they won with a convincing result as he scored the third goal in the 64th minute.

All the three goals were scored due to the inadequate goalkeeping in between the sticks for the South Sudan side. The Al-Rabita FC Juba defense was torn apart and were at all the time left out of position since the Tanzanian side took most of the possession of the game. 

Ghanaian Stephen Sey celebrating his second goal against Al Rabita FC

Other than their counterparts Namugo FC who spent nearly 500 millions Tanzanian Shilling on players transfers, Al-Rabita FC Juba went into this competition without a recognized professional player after being caught off guard in the 2020 South Sudan transfer window. 

The result marked a debut win for the club in the continental scene and also the first win for new coach Hemed Morocco, who replaced fired Hitimana Thierry.

Stephen Sey and his team mates during a league match

Photo: Sports TZ

Hitimana was fired on November 18 after a run of poor results in the ongoing campaign and by that time, he had helped the team register four wins, as many losses, and two draws.

He left the team in 14th position and it was an unwelcome struggle considering the team was preparing to play the South Sudanese outfit Al-Rabita FC Juba in the first preliminary round of the Confederation Cup.

Stephen Sey

Hitimana led the club to a top-five finish last season and went all the way to the final stage of the Azam Shield Cup tournament which is commonly referred to as the FA Cup.

They were defeated in the final by Simba SC and earned the Confederation Cup slot by virtue of being the domestic competition finalists as Simba SC lifted the trophy as well as the league title.

Al Rabita FC Team posing for a Photo before facing the South Sudan National Team. Photo: SSFA Media Team.

Namungo FC will now head into the return to be played after a fortnight in Khartoum knowing a draw of any kind will seal their place in the second round of the competition.

Coach Ramsey Sebit Lumori and his Al Rabita FC troops will have to overturn the 3-0 defeat in Khartoum if they are to have a chance of making into the second round of the preliminary round of the qualifiers. 

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