Irambona left out of Rayon squad after going AWOL

Eric Irambona controls the ball during a past league game. The 24-year-old was dropped from Costa do Sol match after leaving the team hotel without permission. Sam Ngendahimana.

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Costa do Sol Vs Rayon Sports 7pm

Rayon Sports have dropped left back Eric Irambona for the second leg of the Confederation Cup Playoffs against Costa do Sol after he went missing from the team’s hotel on Sunday evening shortly before the Blues left for Mozambique.

Irambona told Times Sport that he went home to drop some of his training kit but when he returned, a club official who he refused to name told him he would not travel with the team for breaking club rules by leaving the team hotel without permission.

“I left the hotel to drop my training kit because they were dirty and the hotel is near where I stay. It was a terrible mistake and I take full responsibility. I want to apologise to the coaching staff, teammates and club administrators,” Iradukunda said.

Rayon Sports left for Mozambique on Monday morning aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight and were expected to arrive in Maputo last evening.

Iradukunda and Eric Rutanga are the only players who can play on the left side of defence for Rayon Sports and coach Ivan Minneart will be hoping that Rutanga stays injury free.

The Blues cruised in the first leg thanks to a 3-0 thumping of the visitors but captain Eric Ndayishimiye has warned his teammates against complacency.

Rayon Sports team to Mozambique

Goalkeepers: Eric Bakame Ndayishimiye (C), Kassim Ndayisenga

Defenders: Faustin Usengimana, Ange Mutsinzi, Gabriel Mugabo, Saddam Nyandwi, Eric Rutanga, Eric Irambona and Thierry Manzi.

Midfielders: Kevin Muhire, Olivier Sefu Niyonzima, Yannick Mukunzi, Francois Mugisha, Djabel Manishimwe, Yassin Mugume.

Strikers: Shassir Nahimana, Shaban Hussein Tchabalala, Ismaila Diarra and Christ Mbondi.

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