April 6; First leg
Rayon Sports vs Costa do Sol
April 17-18; 2nd leg
Costa do Sol vs Rayon Sports
RAYON Sports have been drawn against Mozambican side Club Desportivo Costa do Sul for the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup Play-off tie—the draws where held on Wednesday evening in Cairo, Egypt.
The Azam Rwanda Premier League champions will host the first leg in Kigali on April 6 before travelling to Maputo for the return-leg scheduled for the weekend of April 17-18.
Rayon Sports dropped to CAF Confederation Cup after a 2-0 aggregate loss at hands of Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in CAF Champions League first round.
The Rwandan side held the 2016 African champions, Mamelodi to a goalless draw on March 7 in Kigali but Pitso Masomane’s men coasted to a 2-0 home win the second leg on Sunday, in Pretoria.
The winner of the two-legged tie between Ivan Minneart’s men and Mozambique’s most successful football club will advance to the group stage of the continent’s second biggest club competition.
Should the 8-time Rwandan champions eliminate Club Desportivo Costa do Sul, it will be the first time for a Rwandan club to reach the group stages of any CAF competition.
Last season, Rayon Sports played the CAF Confederation Cup as Peace Cup winners and managed to reach play-off stage, before losing to Nigerian side Rivers United.
Then under the tutelage of Burundian Djuma Massoudi Irambona, Rayon knocked-out Wau Salaam of South Sudan in the preliminary round and Mali’s Onze Createurs in the first round, respectively.
The draws ceremony for CAF Confederation Cup as well as Group stage of the CAF Champions League was held on Wednesday evening at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.