Panthère du Ndé suffered a 0-1 home defeat to Rwandan side Rayon Sports in Douala on Saturday in the first leg of their 2015 CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round encounter.
Léo Uwambajimana put the visitors ahead after seven minutes of play at the Reunification Stadium, and the protégés of coach Habimana ‘Rumumba’ Sostene could have doubled their lead in the 27th minute after being awarded a penalty, but skipper Fuadi Ndayisenga failed to convert his spot-kick, denied by Panthère keeper Tchoumte Tekeu.
The Bagangté outfit never managed to come back into the game, and are now facing an uphill task ahead of their trip to Kigali in a fortnight.
Indeed, it will take something special from ‘Fauve du Ndé’ to claim a victory in Rwanda and book their ticket for the next round of Africa’s second-tier club competition.
“The team is just getting warmed-up. There is a return leg and our fans can trust us to react,” Panthère winger Ntombe Ngome assured after the match.
However, Rayon Sports remain cautious despite a very crucial away win.
“I am happy we managed to win away from home. We made the difference very early in the game. But we are facing a good team and we have not sealed the qualification yet. Panthère can still turn the table around so we must remain focused,” Rayon Sports coach Habimana Sostene warned.
The aggregate winners will face Cairo giants Zamalek for a spot in the tournament’s second round.