CAF To Probe Rayon Sports Officials Over Match Fixing

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is set to launch an enquiry into alleged match fixing involving Rayon Sports of Rwanda.

The alleged match fixing is not unconnected to the Rwanda Champions CAF Champions League (CAFCL) preliminary round return leg match against Lydia Ludic Academic of Burundi at Prince Louis Rwagasore in Bujumbura on Wednesday, February 21.

The result of the tie, a 2-1 aggregate loss for the Burundians, was deemed “not ordinary” considering events that happened hours before their second leg clash.

The decision to probe the situation was confirmed via a statement from the continental football governing body on Tuesday with the concerned parties given until March 6 to respond.

The statement released in French and translated into English read: “We were notified of this matter the day before the match where we got information that officials of the visiting team Rayon Sports were seen in Room 501 of the fourth official’s hotel and other Lydia Ludic officials were present at the corridor in front of the room.”

“Following a confrontation by the host team officials,they tried to rush out of the hotel but the police detained the officials.

“The commissioner intervened and made his own investigations. He also got the hotel’s CCTV cameras recordings.” the statement concluded.

Rayon Sports will next face South African giants and 2016 CAF Champions League (CAFCL) winner, Mamelodi Sundowns in the final round of qualifiers before the group stage.

The first leg is scheduled for March 6-7 in Kigali before the return leg in South Africa in the weekend of March 16-18.