Minnaert sacked as Rayon Sports coach

Belgian Ivan Minneart parts ways with the Blues barely after three months in charge. Sam Ngendahimana

RAYON Sports have parted company with head coach Ivan Minnaert barely two months after signing a one-year-and-half contract – which would end in June 2019.

The development was confirmed on Monday evening via the club’s official website, also revealing that two of Minnaert’s assistant coaches have been suspended indefinitely following what the statement described as a “dismal run of games”.

“The head coach of Rayon Sport Ivan Minnaert is no longer the head coach, he has been dismissed due to a poor run of games on top of failing to manage the dressing room,” part of the statement on the website reads.

“Assistant coaches Jeannot Witakenge and Marcel Lomami have also been suspended until further notice.”

The Belgian’s sacking has come just a day after the club’s skipper Eric ‘Bakame’ Ndayishimiye was indefinitely suspended for reportedly conspiring against Minneart to be dismissed.

It is alleged that Bakame feigned an injury to miss the league match against Musanze FC last Friday, which ended in a goalless draw at Ubworoherane Stadium.

Minnaert joined Rayon Sport in March replacing former Amavubi international Olivier Karekezi who stepped down after accusing the club leadership, especially the president Paul Muvunyi and team lawyer, Pierre Claver Zitoni, of forcing him to sign documents to terminate his contract while he was in police custody last November.

Following a shining two-month spell as interim boss, Minnaert who had returned to the club for a second stint in not more than three years, signed a one-year and a half contract after guiding the club to a historic group stage in the ongoing 2018 Total CAF Confederation Cup.

After penning the contract, the ‘Blues’ have since struggled, only managing to win seven in their last 20 games in all competitions. They lost two and registered 11 draws.


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