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Rwatubyaye: Confed Cup has been an eye opener

Posted on Sep 21 2018

Rayon Sports captain Abdul Rwatubyaye is upbeat their fairy tale run in the second-tier continental can go all the way.

The Blues of Kigali traveled to Aba on Thursday to face Enyimba in the second leg of the quarter-finals on Sunday, and the experienced defender is convinced they can survive at the Enyimba International Stadium despite a barren draw in the first leg last week in Kigali.

“Enyimba is one of the best clubs in Africa. We respect them but we will have to show that we are Rayon Sports, and can do better against big teams,” Rwatubyaye told CAFOnline.com.

“The squad is okay and everyone is looking sharp and wants to help the team. With such commitment I believe we will survive in Aba. We are capable of beating any team having shown that in Kenya against Gor Mahia. We will do our best to win and progress to the last four.

Rayon’s campaign only came to light after a 2-1 win over Kenyan champions Gor Mahia away in Nairobi in the penultimate match of the group stage, under tutelage of Brazilian trainer Roberto Oliveira Goncalves de Calmo, who replaced Ivan Minnaert midway.

A hard-fought lone goal victory over Young Africans of Tanzania in the ultimate match will later earn them a historic place at the last eight, becoming the first Rwandan club to achieve that milestone.

“Our journey was very tough. Many of our fans gave us no chance to go through. But the draw away against USM Alger and the win over Gor Mahia really brought us back into contention.

“Being among the quarter finalists is an indication that Rayon Sports is a good team and on the right track.

Personal ambitions
“I want to help Rayon Sports to reach semis finals and I’m looking forward to that. Enyimba cannot stand between my dreams. We will give it our all,” Rwatubyaye noted.

The hard-tackling defender is already counting the blessings of playing in the continental club championship.

“The CAF Confederation Cup is by far the biggest tournament that most of us (players of Rayon Sports) have played in. I believe it’s only the first of many bigger competitions to come for me and my colleagues.”

A forward at the early stages of his career, Rwatubyaye shifted to defense upon the advice of his teacher at High School (La Colombiere) in 2008. He has never regretted that decision and like any other African player, a move abroad will serve the climax of his career.

“I would love to one day play in Europe when the right time and right team comes. At the moment, I am happy at Rayon Sports and will give my best to help the cause of the team,” he concluded.

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