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Vital’o coach Yaounde Kanyankole has confirmed that his team just like Rwandan football giants APR FC have equal chances of advancing to the next round of the CAF Champions League next year.
APR beat Vital’o 2-0 in the RPF Silver Jubilee over the weekend. Despite the loss, Kanyankole says, “You can’t say that APR will eliminate us from the champion’s league because of this result. I can confirm that we will play a different game against APR when we meet in the Champions League,”
“We are building a new team and this is a good platform to help me evaluate the level of each individual player so as to be able to be in strong shape ready for the continental game,” added Kanyankole.
Vital’o play away to APR in Kigali in the first leg on the weekend of February 15-17, while the return leg has been scheduled for March 1-3 in Bujumbura.
Should they see off the Rwandan side in the two-legged match, Vial’o will sail through and book a date with the winner between Rangers of Nigeria and SC Do Principe of Sao Tome and Principe.
15-time Burundian giant Vital’O has made seven appearances in the CAF Champions League and they only reached the second round in 2000.
The three qualifying rounds begin on February 15 and end on May 5 with the eight second round winners advancing to the group phase and the losers to the play-offs in the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup.