Coach Gasambungo praise players
Head coach Andre Gasambungo has praised his players and urged them to remain focused on the next assignment against Ahly Shandy of Sudan.
AS Kigali eliminated Burundi’s Academie Tchite 2-1 goal aggregate. 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.
Academie Tchite took the lead in the 55th minute through Pacifier Nduwimana but that did not deter the focus of AS Kigali which equalised on the 71st minute mark, after striker Jimmy Mbaraga scored the all-important away goal.
Before the equaliser from the team captain, the visitors dominated the midfield and piled pressure on the hosts. Skipper Mbaraga and Bodo Ndikumana, who scored the winning goal in the first leg, wasted several chances that would have killed off the game early.
“It was a sweet victory and I must praise my players because they did us proud. Our attention has now been turned to the Ahly Shandy encounter which we also want to win if all goes well,” added Gasambugo.
The former SEC Academy coach said the win was a big achievement not only for this club but Rwandan football in general, especially with Rayon Sports out of the Caf Champions League.
While AS Kigali will continue to carry the Rwandan flag in Africa second biggest club competition, league champions Rayon Sports will have to wait yet another year to see if they can improve their poor record in Caf Champions League.
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.
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.