Rayon Sport in talks with four coaches
RAYON SPORT is not only talking to former coach Raoul Shungu but the club has contacted three experience coaches to manage the scalps of the club in the 2012/13 national football league.
Nyanza mayor Abdallah Murenzi whose district oversees the management of Rayon Sport confirmed yesterday that three other coaches namely Uganda’s Sam Timbe, Frenchman Christophe Gomez and Burundian Cedric Kaze are also in contention for the blues coaching role.
Murenzi said, “It is not true that Shungu is in the country for talks with the club. We are in contact with Shungu just like other coaches. He is a candidate just like Timbe, Gomez and Kaze,”
“The club management is closely reviewing everyone’s demand to clearly come up with a suitable coach who can help revive the club following a bad start to the season,” added Murenzi.
Murenzi also hinted that the poor start to the league has been attributed to the failure for the whole team to fully adapt in Nyanza.
“It was not easy for players to fully adapt to the new environment in Nyanza. But we are hopeful that the club will soon return back to its winning ways.”
After losing three consecutive matches in the opening matches of the season, the club management has decided to look for a professional who can take up the position which was held by Coach Jean Marie Ntagwabira who resigned at the end of last season.
The name that has remained in many Rayon Sport enthusiasts is Shungu who left the club in 2004 to join Seychelles national team where he worked as national technical director between 2004 and 2008.
He returned in 2008 and lasted for a season before he left under a dark cloud, accusing the club of failing to pay him US$45,000.
Even with such a debt still not paid up-to-date, Rayon Sport fans want Shungu back at the helm of the club. The DR Congo native still has one year remaining on his current contract with DR Congo side Vita Club.
The DR Congo born tactician helped Rayon win the first ever CECAFA club championship for a Rwandan team in 1998 from Zanzibar. He also guided them to the league title in 1997, 1998 and 2002. It would take close to $60,000 to convince Shungu return back to the club.
Timbe who currently manages Uganda’s league club Police FC is also a coach to reckon. He led the now defunct Atraco to the 2009 Cecafa/Kagame Cup success in Khartoum helped Yanga win the 2011 Cecafa Kagame Cup before returning back to Uganda to save Police FC from being relegated.
Kaze who is managing Burundi’s Athletico proved he is an experienced coach when he guided Atletico to stage a successfully stint in this year’s Kagame Cup held in Tanzania. After beating Yanga 2-0 and drawing against APR, Olympic Atletico reached the quarter finals only to lose to AS Vita.