Champions League: Rayon off to Sudan for Al Hilal tie

Jean-Baptiste Kayiranga, who was signed as Rayon Sports caretaker last week, will be in charge when they face Al Hilal Omdurman on Sunday. / Courtesy

Al Hilal Vs Rayon 15:00

RAYON Sports have departed Kigali for Sudan ahead of their first-round return-leg clash against Al Hilal Omdurman in the CAF Champions League on Sunday.

The club’s 30-member delegation, 19 players and 11 officials, flew to Khartoum aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight Thursday night, and are due to hold two light training sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday.


Following the two sides’ 1-all draw in the first-leg two weeks ago, the Blues need a win or a draw bigger than 1-1 if they are to progress to the second round.


“We are going to battle with all we got for the result we need,” caretaker Jean-Baptiste Kayiranga told Times Sport on Thursday. “I have spoken with my players and urged them to give everything on the pitch as if their lives depend on the game.”


Kayiranga, a former Rayon Sports and Amavubi player and coach, was appointed as the club’s caretaker after Brazilian Roberto Oliveira’s resignation last week.

Rayon’s best campaign in continental football remains the 2018 season when – against all the odds – they reached the quarter-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup.

The winner between Rayon and Al Hilal will either face Rahimo of Burkina Faso or Nigeria giants Enyimba in the second round.

Full squad:

Yannick Bizimana, Hussein Ciza, Hussein Habimana, Eric Iradukunda, Saidi Iragire, Eric Irambona, Jean Claude Iranzi, Fabrice Kakule Mugheni, Yves Kimenyi, Andre Mazimpaka, Gilbert Mugisha, Mirafa Nizeyimana, Amran Nshimiyimana, Sadam Nyandwi, Herve Rugwiro, Eric Rutanga, Michael Sarpong, Maxime Sekamana and Jules Ulimwengu.

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