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Stars' CAF debut ends in stalemate

Free State Stars and Rwandan outfit Mukura Victory Sports played to a 0-0 draw in their CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round first leg at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday.

Stars coach Seloatse Mosala made four changes to his starting line-up from their 1-0 defeat to SuperSport United in their previous Absa Premiership match.

It was Mukura who showed early intent as striker Frodouard Twizerimana was trapped off-side as the visitors looked to get an early goal away from home.

Tshepo Tema found himself in space and had a go from range but his effort went wide of the mark.

The first attempt on target came in the ninth minute as Gael Dhayindavyi looked to catch Badra Ali Sangare out with a shot from outside the box but the Stars keeper was untroubled.

Mukura had a glorious chance to go ahead after 15 minutes, but Twizerimana, after brilliantly rounding Sangare, could only find the side-netting with the goal at his mercy.

Just before the break, the hosts almost stole the lead as Omar Rwabugiri’s attempted punch ricocheted off his own defender and back towards goal, but Iddy Saidi was on hand to clear off the line.

Mukura coach Francis Haringingo had seen enough before half-time and made his first substitution in the 43rd minute, introducing a second striker Jean Iradukunda for midfielder Innocent Nizeye.

Mukura coach Francis Haringingo had seen enough before half-time and made his first substitution in the 43rd minute, introducing a second striker Jean Iradukunda for midfielder Innocent Nizeye.

Stars controlled proceedings for much of the second half as the altitude looked to have affected the Rwandans, but failed to capitalise on their increased possession.

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