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CAF CC: Coach Massoud upbeat despite Blues’ away loss

Posted on Apr 17 2017

Rayon Sports head coach Massoud Djuma Irambona is confident his side will be able to overcome Rivers United to qualify to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Rayon Sports lost the first leg 0-2 on Sunday in Port Harcourt, a result which put the Blues’ qualification to next round in a difficult situation.

However, the former Burundian international is confident his charges have what it takes to overturn the score in Kigali on Saturday when Rayon Sports hosts Rivers United at Amahoro Stadium to book their historical spot in the group stage of the Confederations Cup.

’’Nothing is impossible in football. All that we need to do is to prepare very well in all aspects before the game and we will be able to shock them at our own backyard on Saturday, I must admit it is not going to be easy but we have a big chance,” said Massoud.

Commenting on the first leg loss, Massoud said, “It’s true we lost the first leg but all matches are not the same, we still have 90 minutes to play. In Nigeria, I must admit that we lost and that’s football,”

“We are going back to home to prepare, we managed to see their strong and weak points and it’s from these points that we will build on a better plan to ensure that we stage a comeback in the return leg. We could either win 1-0, win 5-0 or lose; we will see,” added Massoud.

Coach Massoud will be boosted by the return of defender Ange Mutsinzi and attacking midfielder Shassir Nahimana in the return leg after they missed the first leg due to suspension and illness respectively.

The 2-0 win over Rayon Sports helped Rivers United to move a step closer towards the group stage of the Caf Confederations Cup.

Goals from either side of half time from Emeka Atuloma and Guy Kuemian put the Nigerian side in the box seat ahead of the second leg in Kigali due in a space of five days.

The visitors enjoyed excellent opportunities to take the lead but it was Rivers United who took the lead against the run of play just before the half hour when Atuloma swept home a cross with an emphatic volley.

Six minutes after the restart, Ivorian striker Kuemian secured the win for his side with a brilliant goal that left the Rayon Sports defence stunned.

Stanley Eguma, technical manager of Rivers United, expressed satisfaction with the win but stated that his side will not be lulled into a false sense of security.

“This is not the time to celebrate as we still have to see out the second leg,” he said.

“It was a highly tactical game and I am pleased with our win in the end,” he told supersport.com.

The overall winner between Rayon Sports and Rivers United will seal an automatic place in the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup competition on top of pocketing $275,000 (Rwf. 226m).
Source: Ferwafa.rw


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