Rivers United host Rwanda’s Rayon Sport in Conf. Cup

Sunday Trust - - FEVER PITCH - By Mansur Abubakar

Rayon Sports will be look­ing to make his­tory when they face off against NPFL side Rivers United in to­day’s play­off round first leg of the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup. No Rwan­dan side has ever reached the group stages of the sec­ond tier con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onship which is a huge tar­get for the East Africans.

The visit­ing team is al­ready in Nige­ria ahead of the game which is sched­uled to take place at the Yakubu Gowon Sta­dium, Port Har­court.

The re­turn leg will be played on April 22 at Ama­horo Na­tional Sta­dium in Ki­gali and the win­ner of the tie will qual­ify for the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup group stages.

The match was ini­tially sup­posed to be played last week­end, but it was post­poned by CAF upon the re­quest from Rwanda Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion as Rwanda was ob­serv­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tion week of the 1994 Geno­cide against the Tutsi (April 7-13).

Rayon Sports are the cur­rent Peace Cup hold­ers and are mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance in the play­off round since the new look con­ti­nen­tal show­piece was es­tab­lished in 2004. If they win they progress they will be­come the first Rwan­dan club to make it to the lu­cra­tive Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup group stages.

It will be the first meet­ing be­tween the two teams.

The Ar­gungu polo tour­na­ment will be hosted an­nu­ally

Rivers United Head Coach Stan­ley Eguma

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