AC Leopards arrive Thursday
Champions League Saturday
THE 2012 Confederation Cup winners AC Leopards de Dolisie are expected in Kigali this afternoon, two days before they face national league giants Rayon Sports in the return leg of the Africa Champions League match due on Saturday at Amahoro stadium.
The Rwanda Football Federation Secretary General Michel Gasingwa said on Wednesday that the Congolese champions are coming aboard their private jet and will land at 15.00 hours.
The federation was yet to know their accomodation base by press time but confirmed that they will train at Amahoro stadium on Friday.
Their opponents Rayon Sports has shifted their training base from Nyanza to Amahoro stadium in bid to get used with the picth ahead of Saturday’s decisive game.
Head coach Luc Eymael said, “I requested the club management to remain in Kigali as we enhance our preparations because of the available infrastructure which is needed for effective preparations,”
Despite playing a goalless draw away in Congo, Eymael believes a major task is expected on Saturday as a win for either side will send them through to the first round.
“We have a lot of work at hand on Saturday. This is a game we must win, we hope to change our tactics and general approach of the game.” added Eymale.
The Belgian will be looking up to youthfu star Alipe Majyambere and Arafat Serugendo to exhibit a solid defensive line-up following their good display in the first leg which saw ten-man Rayon Sports force a goalless draw.
Goalkeeper Jean Luc Ndayishimiye was sent off in the 77th minute with AC Leopards earning a penalty which Khader Bidimbou failed to convert. Gerard Bikorimana is the likely replacement for Ndayishimiye while Djihad Bizimana, Robert Ndatimana or Jacques Cyubahiro might fill the slot of injured Aphrodis Hategikimana.
AC Leopards head coach Patrick Aussems was never impressed with the performance of his club. He said, “We must forget what happened in the first leg and focus on Saturdays game were we must score a goal and return back home victors,”
The blues, who are taking part in the Africa Champions League for the first time since 2005, must snatch a win against AC Léopards. If the game ends in a draw on Saturday, it will be decided on penalty shoot-outs.
Should Rayon defeat the Congolese outfit, they will face the winner between 1ero Agosto of Angola and Lioli from Lesotho in the first round.
The first round matches will be played between February 28 and March 9, while the final qualifying-round matches are slated for March 21-30.