AS Kigali vs. Academia Tchite
PEACE CUP winners AS Kigali might be without three key players who are nursing injuries ahead of the Saturday’s African Confederation Cup preliminary round match at Nyayo National Stadium.
Head coach Andre Gasambungo, confirmed prolific midfielder Muhamed Mushimiyimana, striker Bodo Ndikumana and winger Hamidou Ndayisaba are still recovering from either arm, hamstring and groin injuries they picked in the last two matches of the Turbo King Football league.
AS Kigali face Burundi’s Academia Tchite in the two-legged qualifying round of the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup, starting with a home tie in Kigali and an away tie in Bujumbura in a fortnight.
“It is unfortunate that we will miss these key players but we have the advantage of having many players who can play at the same position, so if the injured players don’t heal within time, we will give others chance to play,”
“I believe we will face a tricky side from a country which has dominated us in the past continental assignments, thus the need to be careful,”
“We are targeting to go past the preliminary round and this means we have to score more goals at home such that we can have an advantage going into the second leg with moral and confidence to progress to the first round,” added Gasambungo.
If the Kigali City-sponsored side progresses past the qualifying round, they will face Alhly Shandy of Sudan in the first round.
This year, AS Kigali will be competing for the second time in the continental competition after making their debut in 2001 when they were still named as Les Citadins.
The second round matches will be played between February 28 and March 9, while the final qualifying-round matches are slated for March 21-30.
Last year, Rwanda representative debutants Police FC was knocked out CAF Confederation Cup preliminary by Burundian side Lydia Ludic Academic.