Gasambungo eye AS Muhanga scalp

Head coach, Andre Gasambungo.

After storming the 1/8th round of the Caf Confederation Cup, AS Kigali gets back to local league as they entertain AS Muhanga in one of the rescheduled matches due to the engagement in continental club football on Thursday at Stade de Kigali.

AS Kigali are optimistic they will progress past the 1/8th round when they face Moroccan champions Difaa El Jadida in a Caf Confederation Cup second round whose first leg is slated for March 22 in Kigali.

AS Kigali reached the 1/8th round after eliminating Al Ahly Shendi of Sudan 5-4 on penalties after a 1-all draw in Khartoum, Sudan last week.

Against Muhanga, Gasambungo wants his boys to maintain the same form and use this game to further their preparations for the Jadida clash.

“We want maximum points against AS Muhanga and this game should put the team in good shape ahead of the Jadida clash.”

AS Kigali are set to welcome midfielder Muhammed Mushiyimana who has been out for a month nursing a broken arm.

AS Kigali will host Morocco’s side El- Jadida in Kigali before going for second leg in  a week’s time. This is the first time that a Rwandan club has reached the second round of Africa’s second biggest club competition.

To reach the 1/8th round, AS Kigali, who are playing in this competition for the second time since making their debut in 2002, eliminated Burundian side Academie Tchite 2-1 on goal aggregate.

The City of Kigali-sponsored side won the first leg 1-0 in Kigali and drew 1-1 in the second leg in Bujumbura.

After AS Muhanga, AS Kigali will face Police on Sunday at Stade de Kigali before shifting its attention to continental club football.

Gasambungo’s side currently lies in fifth position with 34 points with two matches in hand.