Spier signs one-year contract
German-born coach Andreas Spier has signed a new contract which will keep him at APR until late next year as he bids to win Turbo King League and Peace Cup trophies after a poor campaign last season.
Spier who took over from current Amavubi coach Eric Nshimiyimana last season was yet to get legal contract with the military side after helping the side to a third-place finish and runner-ups in the Cecafa/Kagame Cup title held in Sudan, but was still bidded to the club with an APR academy contract.
Spier said, “I am happy and optimistic to have signed a new contract. I am ready to work in achieving APR’s targets. Winning the Peace Cup and championship is our main target,”
Spier came to Rwanda in 2008 and the following year, he was managing the women national team. A year later, he was appointed the head coach of APR football academy which later changed its name to Intare FC and featured in the second division league.
The club was later abandoned as APR management changed their foreign policy to opt for young Rwandan players. Most of the players, who featured in Intare, were promoted to APR senior team. They include; Nova Bayama, Barnabe Mubumbyi, Yannick Mukunzi and Maxime Sekamana.
He took over APR Fc reigns in March this year when the military side suffered one of their heaviest defeats to arch rivals Rayon Sports in the Primus League.
The 13-times league champions were hammered 4-0 following their preliminary round exit from the Africa Champions League by Burundian side Vital’O FC.
The defeat to Rayon Sports was not only their first loss with such a huge margin in local football but also the first time they had lost two league matches in a row in recent history, having been beaten 1-0 by Mukura the previous week. The defeat was the highlight of a trophy-less season for the military side.