GAME: El Merreikh v Rayon
VENUE: El Merreikh stadium (The Red Castle), Khartoum
LIVE ON: Contact FM
Rayon Sport Fc head to Sudan this morning for tomorrow’s CAF Confederation Cup second round, first leg tie against Al Merreikh in Khartoum.
The 25-man squad leaves Kigali International Airport at 6 am aboard Rwandair Airlines to Nairobi from where they will connect to Khartoum where they are expected to reach at 11.20 am local time with Kenya Airways.
Initially, the Blues were expected to fly to Sudan on Wednesday but confusion created by their own administrators had that flight cancelled.
According to reservation got from Satguru travel agency, Rayon booked on Kigali-Nairobi plane but did not book for their connection from Nairobi to Khartoum.
However, the most disturbing news for the club fans is that striker Labama Bokoto and goalkeeper Vladimir Niyonkuru have been dropped from traveling party.
But coach Raoul Shungu has included striker Jamal Mwiseneza, midfielder Kalisa Kase and keeper Alexis Mugabo in his 18-man squad.
According to Shungu, Bokota, last season’s league top scorer was dropped on disciplinary grounds.
The Rwandan international is said to have absconded from the club’s training without the coach’s consent a fortnight ago. Bokota created Jimmy Gatete equalizing goal against Harar Beer in the first round, second leg played at Nyamirambo stadium.
While Kase, who had been away from the team for some time is included after training with the rest of the squad since the start of this week.
Rayon will be hoping to record a positive result in tomorrow’s clash against last year’s losing finalist if they are to have any chance of progressing to the group stages. The return leg is scheduled for the weekend of April 4-6 in Kigali.
PLAYERS: L.Webo, A. Mugabo, O.Uwingabire, M.Yossam, B.Hategikimana, A.Rucogoza, S.Okello, P.Gasana, A.Hategikimana, A.Nyumbayire, K. Kase, M. Djuma , J.Kidega, C.Pizzorella J.Gatete, J. Mwiseneza, R.Tuyisenge and J.Lomami.
OFFICIALS: Raoul Shungu (head coach) Thierry Hitimana (assistant coach), E. Habanabakize (team manager), T. Mpamo (team doctor), S.Habiyakare (Rayon vice president), Patrick Itagishaka (head of delegation) and J. Butoyi (Ferwafa official).