AC Leopards jet in for Caf return leg against Rayon

THE 2012 Confederation Cup winners AC Leopards de Dolisie arrive in Kigali this afternoon ahead of the return leg of Africa Champions League match against Rayon Sports due on Saturday at Amahoro stadium.
Rayon Sports, seen here before a previous league game, are hoping to make better use of their huge home support as advantage to see off AC Leopards de Dolisie. Timothy Kisambira.
Rayon Sports, seen here before a previous league game, are hoping to make better use of their huge home support as advantage to see off AC Leopards de Dolisie. Timothy Kisambira.

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Rayon Sports vs AC Leopards (Agg. 0-0)

THE 2012 Confederation Cup winners AC Leopards de Dolisie arrive in Kigali this afternoon ahead of the return leg of Africa Champions League match against Rayon Sports due on Saturday at Amahoro stadium.

According to the Rwanda Football Federation General Secretary Michel Gasingwa, the Congolese champions are expected to land at the Kigali international airport at 3pm aboard a private plane.

Meanwhile, Rayon Sports, who held on for a goalless draw in the first leg despite playing the last 13 minutes with 10 men after goalkeeper Jean Luc Ndayishimiye had been sent off, have shifted their training base from Nyanza to Amahoro stadium ahead of Saturday’s game.

“I asked the club management to request for permission for us to use Amahoro (stadium) for training, we need to have effective preparations and a better training ground,” head coach Luc Eymael said.

Despite playing a goalless draw away in Congo, Eymael believes his team faces a big task to eliminate the side that in 2011 drew with Rwanda’s Etincelles in the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round but won 2-0 in Rwanda.

 “We still have a lot of work to do on Saturday. This is a game we must win, and we hope to change our tactics and general approach to the game,” added Eymael.

The Belgian is expected to keep faith in the partnership of youngster Alipe Majyambere and Arafat Serugendo, who did an excellent job in heart of the defence.

And with first choice goalkeeper Ndayishimiye missing through suspension, Gerard Bikorimana is the most likely choice to start in goal for the reigning Rwandan league champions.

The blues, who are taking part in the Africa Champions League for the first time since 2005, need a win of any sort to progress to the first round. If the game ends in a draw on Saturday, it will be decided on penalty shoot-outs.

Should Rayon defeat the Congolese outfit, they will face the winner between 1ero Agosto of Angola and Lioli from Lesotho in the next round.

 

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