Homeless Libyan Club Hilal Snatch Draw in Rwanda
Unexpected Turn of Events in the Confederation Cup Qualifier
In an exhilarating turn of events, Al Hilal Benghazi, a currently displaced Libyan football club, managed to clinch an eleventh-hour equalizer through their star player, Ezzeddin Maryami, leading to a 1-1 draw against their opponents, Rayon Sports of Rwanda. The event was part of the CAF Confederation Cup qualifier that happened on Sunday, marking a notable part in the history of Al Hilal Benghazi.
The promising coup took place five minutes before the closing whistle, post a swift raid by Hilal down the right flank. Resulting from a well-placed cross, Maryami rose to the opportunity and propelled a power-packed header past Rayon’s goalkeeper, Adolphe Hakizimana, bringing the game to an exciting draw.
Flood Disaster Drives Relocation
The qualifier, originally scheduled to take place in Benghazi, was shifted to Kigali due to the catastrophic floods that have devastated eastern Libya. As the disaster’s detrimental implications continue to emerge with the official death toll exceeding 3,800 on the preceding Saturday, all local activities, including the much-anticipated match, had to be called off or moved.
Rayon Sports Held Early Lead
Despite the climactic ending that saw Hilal making the equalizer, the game was initially dominated by Rayon Sports. Ten minutes into the second half of the match, Hertier Luvumbu, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, successfully executed a penalty kick, making Rayon the frontrunners.
A Battle for Group Stage Qualification
In the series of the dramatic unfolding, the second leg of the match is scheduled to take place on the coming Saturday. The chosen venue is the Kigali Pele Stadium, renamed this year in honor of the late Brazilian football legend who passed away in December of last year.
The stakes are high as the winner of the overall match series earns their spot in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League’s group stage, a significant milestone for any football team in Africa. As Rayon Sports and Al Hilal Benghazi prepare for the crucial next match, fans and supporters worldwide wait with bated breath for the upcoming event.
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