TKFL, Match Day 17
Rayon Sport vs. Amagaju (Stade de Kigali)
Marines vs. AS Kigali (Umuganda)
AFTER a disappointing Champions league exit, champions Rayon Sports have turned their focus on winning the Turbo King Football League title.
To achieve the mission, the blues have to first deal with a tricky date against Amagaju this afternoon at Stade de Kigali in one of the matches which were not played on time due to the blues engagement in continental club competitions.
“Losing to AC Leopards is now at the back of our memories. Our focus is now on the upcoming league games. We have to work hard to ensure that we maintain a clean sheet in all our next assignments,” said Eymael before revealing that the players are primed for the task against Amagaju and will win the encounter. The Nyanza-based outfit squandered a two goal advantage to draw 2-2 with Congolese side AC Leopards in the return leg of their preliminary round tie at Amahoro stadium on Sunday. The first leg had ended goalless.
League champions Rayon Sports will have to wait another year to see if they can improve their poor record in Caf Champions League.
An own goal and a superb strike by Cedric Amissi in the first half put Rayon in the lead but AC Leopards, who reached the quarter-finals of the competition last season, scored two second half goals in quick succession through Cesail Gandze and Cisse Mahamane to dump the Rwandan champions out of the competition. Caf Confederation Cup hopefuls AS Kigali who progressed to the first round face Marines away at Umuganda stadium in Rubavu on Thursday.
Leading 1-0 from the first leg, the Rwanda Peace Cup champions forced their Burundian counterparts to a 1-all draw at Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium in Bujumbura on Sunday. Gasambugo’s team will meet Alhy Shandy of Sudan in the first round.
The first round first leg matches are scheduled for the weekend of February 28-March 2, while the return leg matches will be played seven days later.