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CAF Confederation Cup: Rayon Coach Banks on New Tactics





Rayon Sports’ Burundian coach, Masudi Djuma will employ different tactics and draft in several new players as he plans to spring a surprise when his side takes on Rivers United in a second leg, playoff round CAF Confederation Cup game in Kigali this Saturday.

Rivers United beat Rayon Sports 2-0 in the first leg in Port Harcourt five days earlier with Emeka Atuloma and Guy Kuemian scoring the goals for the ‘Pride of Rivers’.

Djuma has now revealed a master plan which he believes will see his side progress to the group stages of Africa’s second tier club competition at the expense of the ‘Pride of Rivers’.


“We will change our tactics and some of the players who took part in the first leg will not be available in the second leg,” Djuma told explained.

The former Burundi U23 assistant coach then took the time to stress that he is confident in the ability of his charges to overturn the 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

“This is not the first time Rayon has lost the first leg of a tie 2-0 and turned it around.

“We have also lost a game 3-0 and qualified after the second leg so there is no need to panic.

“I trust in God, believe in myself and also my players who I know will get the job done on Saturday,” he said.


Djuma will however have to make do without the services of Congo DR forward, Fabrice Mugeni will not play as he is suspended.

Mugeni who played in the first leg in Port Harcourt picked up bookings in consecutive matches and as such, will be suspended for the game on Saturday.

Defender, Munezero Fiston has also been ruled out and will most likely be replaced by Ange Mutsinzi Jimmy.

Star striker of Rayon Sports, Moussa Camara is a doubt for the game as he sustained an ankle injury in training and faces a late fitness test.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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