D.R. Congo side AS Vita Club ended Kidus Giorgi’s amazing 7 games unbeaten run in the CAF Champions League duel played in Kinshasa with a crucial 2-1 as they secure their maiden maximum points in the group stages to keep their hopes alive.
The homers stared of the tie brightly and were ahead 7 minutes following onset. Rwandan striker Dady Birori fired past Kidus Giorgis custodian Zerihun Tadele as he put Vita Club ahead. The visitors struggled to contain the very rapid attacks of Vita players. The defensive midfielders of the Horsemen were unable to give a much needed protection to their backline and that made things easy for Vita Club to penetrate through the two wings. In the 27th minute Vita club doubled their advantage from the spot kick through Birori, who had been a throne in flesh for the Kidus Giorgis defenders. Birori completed his brace after right back Frezer Kassa penalized for a shirt tagging. Kidus Giorgis had a chance to halve the score through some counter attacks but it was futile as they were outnumbered up front.
The second half saw a hotly contested affair. Vita Club played with a more offensive style of play in the first minutes after the resumption. Cameroonian goalie Nelson Lukong pulled off a save from Salahdin Said in the 54th minute. Six minutes later Lukong denied Burkinabe winger Prince Waongo however in the 65th minute Salahdn Said superbly struck a goal leaving Lukong stranded to pull one back for the Ethiopian champions. Salahdin’s wonder strike was his 7 goal of the campaign as he tops the goal scoring chart. In the 77th minute Waongo lost his markers but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Kidus Giorgis went more than 547 minutes without conceding a goal in the CAF Champions League. Kidus Giorgis is still second in Group C with five points, AS Vita Club are bottom two points shy of Kidus Giorgis. On Wednesday in Tunis group leaders Esperance lock horns against reigning African Champions Mamelodi Sundowns.