Rayon Sports’ head of conflict resolutions committee, Patrick Rukundo, on Monday, September 18, resigned from his position after three years of service after being spotted wearing the jersey of rivals APR.
Rukundo was at the centre of controversy since he was spotted at Kigali Pele Stadium wearing an APR FC jersey during the club’s 0-0 draw against Egyptian side Pyramids in the second preliminary round of the CAF Champions League on Sunday.
“I write this letter to resign from my position in the conflict resolution committee of Rayon Sports,” Rukundo’s resignation letter reads in part,” adding: “I wish to assure you that I will always be there as a supporter and member of Rayon Sports. I will continue to give my contribution as a club member.”
Rukundo’s decision to wear the jersey of APR left many people shocked with one of his friends telling Times Sport: “I was really surprised. I have known him for quite two decades and I do not doubt his loyalty to Rayon Sports. But I couldn’t believe he would do that; I really don’t recall him showing sympathy to APR.”
Rayon supporter Patrice Mugabo said: “What he did is a mess. He should have known who APR are to Rayon Sports. But he ignored the rivalry and did something that nobody at Rayon has done before. He betrayed us.” Meanwhile, Eric Nsabimana said on the issue: “Rayon Sports and APR are rivals. There are even fans who choose to support a foreign team when APR is playing at home. I don’t think he put on the jersey all of a sudden, he thought about it, but, at times, it sparked controversy because he has responsibilities at Rayon Sports.”
Rukundo was under pressure to resign since photos of him circulated on social media dressed in a shirt of a team that is arguably Rayon’s fiercest rival for over the past 25 years or so.