Roberto Oliveira Gonclaves, Head coach of Rwanda’s Rayon Sports, has warned Nigeria’s sole representative, Enyimba, that his side will be looking for a home win when the two sides clash in their CAF Confederation first-leg quarter-final tie on Sunday afternoon at Kigali Stadium.
Rayon Sports will be making their first appearance in the Confederation Cup quarter-finals.
The eight-time Rwandan champions advanced to the quarter-finals, along with USM Alger, as first runners-up from Group D a fortnight ago – while Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and Tanzania’s Young Africans were both eliminated. Speaking to Sunday Sport yesterday, published on Rwanda’s Football Association website, Brazilian-born Goncalves said that Rayon won’t be intimidated by Enyimba’s ‘powerhouse’ status and tipped his youthful side to make the most of home advantage. “There is mood of buoyancy and determination in the team, and every player is fit for the game. We have trained well and had time to study the opponent, we are ready,” he said. “Since we entered camp, our preparations have mainly been based on devising means of scoring goals. We have to score goals, especially at home, and fight to keep a clean-sheet.
“The return-leg will be a much tougher affair; we have to stand tall and executive well our game plan. I know we are facing a strong side, but we haven’t reached this far by luck. Eliminating Enyimba is definitely possible. “I have spoken with my players, and warned them not focus on the opponent but rather on their game. We don’t have to give in on pressure, we will keep calm and create opportunities – we need at least two goals, which would put Enyimba under a great deal of pressure.”
The return-leg is scheduled for September 23 at Enyimba International Stadium in Aba, Nigeria.