AS Kigali upbeat on winning Super Cup

AS Kigali assistant coach Jean de Dieu Mateso is confident his club will win their second silverware of the year by clinching the Super Cup.
AS Kigali skipper Jimmy Mbaraga will lead the search for goals.  Saturday Sport / T. Kisambira.
AS Kigali skipper Jimmy Mbaraga will lead the search for goals. Saturday Sport / T. Kisambira.

AS Kigali assistant coach Jean de Dieu Mateso is confident his club will win their second silverware of the year by clinching the Super Cup.

The Inaugural Super Cup match will pit league champions Rayon Sports and Peace Cup against Malaria winners AS Kigali on Sunday at Stade de Kigali.

AS Kigali will go into the match minus head coaches Cassa Mbungo and goalkeeper’s Coach Thomas Higiro, who are both currently on duty with the Junior Wasps preparing for the Francophone Games in Nice, France.

But the assistant coach Mateso is optimistic that his side is capable of winning the cup, “I think we are capable of winning the cup because we have prepared well, we have everything we need to win this game.”

“Right now, all I can say is that we are ready to upset the league champions. We have a chance of winning our second trophy of the year and I am confident on achieving that feat,” he told Saturday Sport.

He added, “We know it will be difficult against Rayon Sport but we hope that we have players, who can achieve our targets.”

However, despite Mateso’s optimism his team’s preparations for tomorrow’s  game were hampered with a 2-1 loss against new league entrants Esperance FC in a pre-season match played on Wednesday.

The match is sponsored by Turkish construction company Babil Group of Companies (Babilaks Construction Limited) to a tune of Rwf25m.

The winner will walk away with Rwf5m and the runners-up will take home Rwf2m, while the rest of the money will go into organising the event.

In the agreement, Babil group will take charge of advertising, branding, purchase of the trophy and medals while Ferwafa will offer the playing field, referees and ticket collection and distribution.

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