Kiyovu SC threw away their chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Peace Cup when Gorilla scored an away goal during their 3-1 defeat to the Green Baggies in the round of 16 fixture at Kigali Pele Stadium on Tuesday.
The Mumena-based side had left their financial crisis behind and joined hands for the battle as they looked to come from their 2-0 first leg loss to Gorilla FC and secure a quarterfinal berth.
However, their head coach Joselin Bipfubusa reportedly refused to appear on the touchline in the second leg until his wages are cleared.
Club assistant coach Khalil Sebarera took charge of the match in the Burundian absence…and he almost got the job done.But an away goal rule cost them as the two sides played out a 3-3 aggregate draw after two legs.
It was not the best way French coach Julien Mette wanted to start his new chapter at Rayon Sports after taking over the club last week as his side were handed a surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of second division side Interforce.
The Blues were humbled but, unlike Kiyovu, they held on to progress to the quarterfinal on a 5-2 aggregate win, having cruised to a 4-0 win over Interforce in the first leg.
– Additional report by Times Sports.