Etincelles head to Sudan for Nile Basin Cup
Cecafa Nile Basin Cup
Etincelles vs. Hey Al Arab
Etincelles vs. Flambeau
Etincelles vs. Arab Contractors
THE RWANDA league representatives in the inaugural Cecafa Nile Basin Cup tournament, Etincelles are expected to jet off to Sudan on Monday, ready to take part in the tournament which kicks off on May 22.
Etincelles, who got the chance to represent the country in the newly established Cecafa tournament following AS Kigali’s withdrawal, will jet off with a contingent of 25 people.
AS Kigali who were automatic choice to represent Rwanda decided not to take part in the event to concentrate on this year’s Peace Cup competition where they will face Rayon Sports in the 1/8th round on June 4.
Etincelles coach Abdu Bizimana said that despite a short notice, his team has tried to prepare for the tournament and hope to perform well in their maiden regional tournament.
“I have tried to assemble my team and we are looking forward to the tournament with great optimism.
Commenting on the team’s ability to challenge in the tournament, Bizimana said that he has faith in his team as his players are in high morale despite being in off season.
The Rubavu-based club which finished tenth last season with 23 points will take on host club Hey Al Arab (Sudan) in Group D’s opening match on May 22; Burundi’s Flambeau de l’est on May 24 before winding up with a tough challenge against three-time winners of the Africa Cup Winners Cup Arab Contractors (Egypt) on May 26.
The match venues fill be in Khartoum, Shandy and the Red-Sea city of Port Sudan.
The government of Sudan will cater for all expenses during the competition with winners taking home $30,000, runners-up $20,000 and $10,000 for third placed team.