Caf Confederation Cup: Thierry Manzi to lead Rayon Sports against Gor Mahia

Ahead of the much-awaited battle, Gor Mahia are leading Group D with eight points while Rayon Sports are sitting third with three

Captain Thierry Manzi will lead Rayon Sports when they take on Gor Mahia in a must win clash on Sunday.

Rayon Sports are yet to win a match in Group D and will be seeking to beat the Kenyan champions in the contest set for Kasarani Stadium.

The seventeen-time Kenyan champions were held to a one all draw in the first leg. Meddie Kagere, who is now a Simba SC player, had scored the opener for the Dylan Kerr led side in the 10th minute, before Erick Rutanga equalized for the home side fifteen minutes later.

However, the Rwandan giants will have to navigate the fixture and a home game against Tanzania’s Yanga on August 29 without the services of key midfielder Yannick Mukunzi, goalkeeper Kassim Nzayisenga, and striker Christ Mbondi.

The three are serving a ban from Caf after they were found guilty of violating the Caf Disciplinary Code and Statutes during the return-leg clash against USM Alger in Algeria.

Thierry Manzi has however, warned that the Blues are still in the contest, and will be looking to collect maximum points from their two remaining games.

“We need to believe that we can reach the quarters because when you do the calculations, the chances are still there. We have to work hard and ensure we drop no point in the two games left – against Gor Mahia and Young Africans,” Manzi told New Times of Rwanda.

After struggling to get air tickets, the team will arrive in Kenya on Saturday.

Rayon’s 17-man squad: Abouba Bashunga, Ange Mutsinzi, Saddam Nyandwi, Eric Rutanga, Abdul Rwatubyaye, Thierry Manzi, Gabriel Mugabo, François Master Mugisha, Olivier Sefu Niyonzima, Djabel Manishimwe, Kevin Muhire, Yassin Mugume, Nova Bayama, Gilbert Mugisha, Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana, Donkor Prosper Kuka, and Gerard Stephane Kouame Brou.



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