Petrovic Revels in APR win

APR Coach Ljupko Petrovic

APR Coach Ljupko Petrovic

CecafaKagame Cup

Semi-final, Friday

APR vs. Police

SERBIAN LJUPKO Petrovic was full of praises for his APR side after they pulled out all the tops to comprehensively defeat arch rivals Rayon Sports on spot kicks to reach the semi- final of the 2014 CecafaKagame Cup on Tuesday at Kigali Regional Stadium.

APR defeated archrivals Rayon Sport 4-3 in a tense penalty shootout after a goalless draw in 90 minutes with Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza scoring the winning penalty.

The Rwandan derby lived up to its billing in the second game of the day as Rayon Sport sought revenge over the army side that lifted the league title and Peace Cup last season.

APR striker Michel Ndahinduka opened the scoring for the military side in the 11th minute before a superb Youssa Bertrand volley from a corner kick equalised for the Blues.

Bertrand punished Olivier Kwizera’s decision to get off his line netting a contender for goal of the tournament in the 39th minute to level matters in the most anticipated game of the tournament.

The Blues piled pressure on APR and FuadiNdayisenga shot from 30 yards to score a spectacular goal at the half time mark to give the Blues a 2-1 lead.

HerveRubwiroequalised for APR in the 55th minute in a game that had everything and the 2-2 result forced a penalty shootout.

Speaking after the match, who was missing two players including dependable centre-back Emery Bayisengeand experience goal keeper Jean Claude Ndoli, gave kudos to players for rising to the occasion and book a place in the semi-finals of the regional showpiece.

“This was the best match of the tournament and it should not have come at this time. I am happy with this win because they played well though we conceded two silly goals due to poor goalkeeping,”

“I am really impressed with the boys and I believe we are in the right frame in as far as winning the regional title is concerned,”Petrovic added.

His counterpart, Jean Francois Losciuto from Rayon Sportssaid, “I can’t say much because we staged good performances. Having been knocked out, am going to work on my team’s weakness and prepare a strong team ready for next season and Africa competitions,”

APR will now face Police FC to renew yet another Rwandan rivalry on Friday afternoon.

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