Minneart wants Rayon Sports to ‘attack more’ in return leg

Coach Ivan Minnaert (M) and Rayon Sports players gesture after defeating Mozambican side Costa Do Sol 3-0. Minnaert says the team will not sit back and defend in the return leg. Samuel Ngendahimana

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Rayon Sports 3-0 Club Desportivo Costa Do Sol

After a resounding 3-0 win over Costa Do Sol in Friday’s CAF Confederations cup tie, Rayon Sports coach Ivan Minneart says his team will not sit back and defend in the return leg that takes place in two weeks.

A brace from Hussein ‘Tchabalala’ Shabani and another goal from Kevin Muhire were enough to secure an emphatic first leg win for Rayon Sports against Mozambican side Costa Do Sol on Friday evening at Kigali Stadium.

“We’ll go to score again as we want an away goal and we will attack because my philosophy is attacking football but we will also have to defend better,” Ivan Minneart said.

“We have got nothing to lose; we have no pressure. Our opponents will have a lot of pressure at their place because they will come looking for early goal but we will be ready. All we can do is attack but also defend well as we did in the first leg.” he noted

Rayon Sports will only need a goalless draw away on April, 18 to reach the group stages, while Costa do Sol needs to score four times without reply to eliminate Rayon Sports.

“We need to be effective and aggressive at home; we need to make chances and generate a situation in which their confidence drops and generate in our fans that mad desire to make the stadium bounce at home,” Costa do Sol coach Leonardo Costas said after Friday’s defeat.

“Anything is possible in football. I’d like all my players at their best. We’re totally convinced of what it is we need to do. We may need to control the game until the end. We have another chance of 90 minutes do something historic,” he noted

The winner of the two-legged tie between Rayon Sports 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 Sol, it will be the first time a Rwandan club will have reached the group stage of any CAF competition.

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