m_Rayon Sports, AS Kigali given tough CAF opponents

Rayon Sports

Defending champions Rayon Sports and peace Cup winners AS Kigali were drawn against Congolese giant AC Leopards and Burundian Academie Tchité in the opening qualifying round, set for 7-9 February, with the return leg scheduled for 14 to16 February next year.

The draw for both competitions was held on Monday, December 16, 2013 in Marrakech, Morocco.

The 18th edition of the Orange CAF Champions League 2014 preliminary stage kicks off on a date between 7th and 9th February 2014 when Rayon Sports will host AC leopards in Kigali.

Should Rayon Sports overcome stubborn Congolese side, they will face the winner between 1ero Agosto of Angola or Lioli from Lesotho in the second round.

Rayon Sports head coach Didier Gomes da Rosa said on Monday, “We have drawn a tough team which has been champions for two seasons and even reached the group stages of this year’s Champions league. Nothing will be easy but everything will be possible.”

“We are lucky because we will first play away before hosting them in Kigali. We will not be spectators because Rayon Sports has spent nearly eight years without playing continental matches,” added Gomes.

Fifty two  clubs will be take part in the preliminary round and will be joined by Al Ahly (Egypt), Coton Sport (Cameroon), TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Hilal (Sudan), CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) and Esperance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia) at the round of 16.

The Round of 16 matches will be played between February 28 and March 9, while the final qualifying-round matches are slated for March 21-30.

The 11th edition of the CAF Confederations Cup first round will kick off on a date between 7th and 9th February 2014 with AS Kigali as the first hosts as part of the 42 clubs competing for the top prize.

Should AS Kigali progress past the two-legged match, they will face Alhly Shandy of Sudan.

This year’s winners CS Sfaxien as well as runners-up TP Mazembe have opted for the more prestigious Champions League.

Nigerian pair Bayelsa United and Warri Wolves have been given byes, as have Asec Mimosas (Ivory Coast), MAS (Morocco), Djoliba (Mali), Ismaily, Wadi Degla (Egypt), Zesco United (Zambia), Al Ahly Shandy (Sudan) and Etoile du Sahel, CA Bizerte (Tunisia).

Malakia will be the first club from South Sudan to feature in this competition and they are pitted against Cara of Congo in the preliminary round.

The first-leg preliminary-round matches will begin on February 7.