Former Buccaneer seals move to East Africa

Riyaad Norodien gets down to work at his new club in Rwanda
Riyaad Norodien gets down to work at his new club in Rwanda

Former youth international winger Riyaad Norodien is continuing his African safari journey by moving into unchartered waters on the continent for the second year in a row.

Norodien – who has featured for Orlando Pirates, Ajax Cape Town, Platinum Stars, Cape Town City, Cape Town All Stars, and Cape Umoya United in the domestic scene – spent the past season with DR Congo club DC Motema Pembe.

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The attacker has now crossed the border into neighbouring Rwanda where he has found a new home at Kiyovu Sports.

Juvenal Mvukiyehe, president of Kiyovu Sports confirmed to KickOff that Norodien has put pen-to-paper on a long-term deal.

"He [Norodien] has already joined for two years and has done good so far for us," Mvukiyehe said.

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Kiyovu Sports have won all their three league games of the 2022/23 Rwanda National League to date and will be keen to clinch the title that they lost by a single point to APR last season. 

Norodien's solitary appearance for the club so far was against Gorila when he was introduced as a substitute.

The deal appears to have been influenced by Kiyovu's coach Alain-Andre Landeut who he worked under at Motema Pembe last year.

KickOff’s contacts in Rwanda confirm that the best-paid players in the league earn salaries of approximately USD1 500 (approx. R26 000).

Riyaad Norodien during his time at Orlando Pirates

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