Jannot Witakenge appointed as Rayon Sports assistant Coach

Eight-time league champions Rayon Sports have appointed their former midfielder Jannot Witakenge as their new assistant coach. Witakenge replaces Hamad ‘Katauti’ Ndikumana who passed away one month and half ago.

The 48 years old was part of Rwanda A team which finished on third position in CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in 1999 and he also played for Rwanda in 2002 in Cecafa Challenge Cup held in Mwanza while, in 1998, he won Cecafa Kagame Cup with Rayon Sports when they beat Mlandege 2-1 on a final game staged in Zanzibar thanks to Jimmy Gatete and Witakenge goals.

The Congolese born was part of Rayon Sports team that won National football league in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2004 while he won peace Cup with the ‘Blues’ in 1998. He also won title with APR in 2006 and 2007. He won peace Cup with APR in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

RuhagoYacu understand that the new assistant coach was appointed last week with the blessing of head coach Olivier Karekezi. Witakenge started talks with Rayon Sports in November after the death of Hamad Katauti Ndikumana.

While on December 18, 2017, the head coach Olivier KAREKEZI requested the management to give him Marcel Lomami as assistant coach, but the management have decided to appoint Witakenge and Lomami remains as physical trainer.

Witakenge played for Rayon Sports 1990s when he signed from Espoir FC, before joining Burundian team Associacion Sportif Inter Stars during the genocide against Tutsi in 1994.

He returned to Rayon Sports in October 1996 until 1999, he traveled with National team Amavubi in Belgium for the camp to later on go missing, and in 2001 he returned to Rayon Sports, he also played for St Eloi Lupopo.

He played in Rwanda in 2006, where he signed for APR FC for two years alongside Mbuyu Twite and Kabange Twite under Coach Andy Mfutila.

Witakenge left APR FC in 2009 where he returned to his home land DR Congo and he completely retired from playing football where he started to coach young players in Saint-Éloi Lupopo of Lubumbashi.

Before coming to Rayon Sports as assistant coach, Witakenge coached AS Muungano of Bukavu, where he was sacked last September.

Azam Premier League champions sit on fifth place with 15 points, five behind all the time rivals SC Kiyovu who are leading the table with 20 points while AS Kigali are on second place with 19 while APR sit on third place with 18 points.

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