Eymael expects tough Congolese challenge

Eymael expects tough Congolese challenge

Rayons’ Belgian Coach Luc Eymael


AC Leopards vs. Rayon Sports

Rayon Sports head coach Belgian Luc Eymael has told his guns to expect a tough battle when they face AC Leopards de Dolisie in the first leg of the preliminary round of Caf Champions League due on Sunday at Stade Denis Sassou Nguesso Dolisie.

The blues depart today for Congo Brazzaville aboard RwandAir before making a 289km journey to Dolisie by road in Niari Province from Brazzaville later in the evening.

Eymael said on Wednesday, “We expect a difficult match because AC Leopards has much experience in this competition, having reached the quarter final of the Champions league last year before losing to South Africa’s Orlando Pirates,”

“It will be a tough battle and it’s not always that easy to play in Congo Brazzaville. So we have to be at our best and improve our game because any slight mistake may deny us victory,” added Eymael.

Eymael further added that he believes that building confidence among his players will be key if they are to perform well in the CAF Champions league. 

The two sides meet in the first leg tie in Brazaville over the weekend before a return leg is played in Kigali seven days.

Head coach Luc Eymael will be handling his first continental assignment with the blues after registering his first 4-2 win over AS Muhanga in the domestic league.

Eymael guided the Blues to a vital win over their neighbors in his first game in charge, a result that put the Nyanza-based outfit ahead of archrivals APR on goal difference of 20 to 18. Both teams are tied on 37 points after 16 rounds of matches.

Rayon Sports are also returning to Africa Champions League for the first time since 2005 and of recent, they haven’t quite got into the rhythm when it comes to continental competitions.

Should Rayon overcome the tricky Congolese side, they will face the winner between 1ero Agosto of Angola and Lioli from Lesotho in the first round.

The second round matches will be played between February 28 and March 9, while the final qualifying-round matches are slated for March 21-30.

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