El Merreikh 3-0 Rayon Sport
Paul Muvunyi has threatened to resign as Rayon Sports president, Times Sport can exclusively reveal.
The soft spoken local businessman made his intentions known in the wake of the team’s 3-0 defeat against Sudan’s El Merreikh in Khartoum Monday evening
Speaking to Times Sport yesterday, Muvunyi wondered how a team going to represent the country can go through what Rayon went through on their way to Khartoum.
"We spent over Frw15 millions towards the team’s trip to Sudan and in my opinion things are not supposed to be like that.
"It’s so disappointing from our (Rayon) point of view to see that, no one came up to support us during that challenge time," Muvunyi complained.
The threat to throw in the towel stems from what Muvunyi described as failure by the ministry of sports and Ferwafa to his help his team like it’s supposed to be the case for all teams representing the country.
He said, "If these issues are not addressed as soon as possible, I will resign as Rayon Sport president".
For starters, Rayon’s delegation to Khartoum was kept stranded at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi for more than 24 hours awaiting clearance from the Sudan’s Immigration department.
The mess started early in the week when the team postponed it’s trip on two separate occasions, first on Wednesday and again on Thursday before finally making the trip on Friday with the game scheduled for Saturday.
Further to that, the team moved in two bunches from Nairobi with 15 players traveling in the first group on Saturday evening and the remaining ten plus officials traveled the following day.
The Blues had initially been scheduled to fly out last Wednesday but a break down in communication between the club officials and the sports ministry led to a mix up in flight bookings.
Inevitably, last year’s beaten finalist secured a health 3-0 victory ahead of the return leg in Kigali in two weeks’ time.
Rayon will be without Aimable Rucogoza after the Rwandan international defender was dismissed for a second bookable offence in a march the home team dominated and could have even won by a far bigger score.
Rwanda’s representatives have a mountain to climb as they must overturn a 3-0 deficit to reach the group stages of the competition.
Elsewhere, Moroccan outfit Rachad Bernoussi stunned mighty Esperance of Tunisia 3-1 while the holders CS Sfaxien, could win only 1-0 at home to modest Algerians JSM Bejaia.
Earlier, Uganda’s Express Fc drew 0-0 away to DR Congo’s Vita Club, leaving Ugandan side well positioned to progress to the group stages with a home win.