m_Burundi’s Academie Tchite lands Thursday

As Kigali Team

AS KIGALI’S CAF Confederations cup preliminary round opponents Burundi’s Academie Tchite is expected in the country on Thursday, two days before their clash at the Amahoro stadium.

According to Rwanda Football Federation, Ferwafa, the Burundian giants will arrive via their private bus to acclimatise ahead of Saturday’s match set to be played at 3.30pm.

AS Kigali, last year’s Peace Cup winners have shifted their training camp to Kabgyayi, Southern Province to fine tune their preparations for the weekend’s game.

Coach Andre Gasambungo’s side is working around the clock to ensure that their injured trio feature in Saturday’s match.

Prolific midfielder Muhamed Mushimiyimana, striker Bodo Ndikumana and winger Hamidou Ndayisaba are doubtful for the weekend’s match but reports coming in from the Kigali City sponsored club indicate that the club is working hard to have the trio play the first leg tie.

AS Kigali participating in the African Confederation Cup tackle Academie Tchite of Burundi on Saturday in Kigali in the first leg face off while Rayon Sports contend with the opposition from Congo AC Leoards away in Brazzavillee on Sunday.

Of importance, is the fact that Rwandan clubs have performed dismally in the past in these competitions. Whether APR, Police and defunct Atraco, none has exuded the grit, mettle and tactical discipline to fly the Rwandan flag to its peak.

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.

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.