1/8th Peace Cup battles underway
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1/8th round, Tuesday
APR vs. AS Muhanga [Kigali Regional stadium) 15.30
Police vs. Mukura (Muhanga) 15.30
Etoile de l’est vs. Amagaju (Ferwafa) 13.00
SC Kiyovu vs. Esperance (Mumena) 15.30
Gicumbi vs. Espoir (Muhanga) 13.00
SEC vs. Aspor (Kicukiro) 13.00
Musanze vs. Kirehe (Ferwafa) 15.30
AS Kigali vs. Rwamagana (Kicukiro)
LOCAL football clubs will on Tuesday be engaged in tough challenges as they seek to qualify to the quarter final stage of 2014 Peace Cup tournament.
Seven-time Peace cup champions APR are eager to maintain their good form as they seek to eliminate minnows AS Muhanga in a fixture which will be played later in the afternoon at Kigali Regional stadium.
His counterpart Ali Bizimungu of AS Muhanga believes he has a big challenge of dislodging APR but remains hopeful of staging a good game against the favourites APR.
“I have an-injury free squad and looking forward to the game. It is going to be a tough game but we will play our usual football in order to win,” added Bizimungu.
A fierce encounter will pit Police against Mukura at Muhanga stadium. Police face former employer Alphonse Gatera who is will be in charge of Mukura.
Gatera who was sacked from Police at the start of the season has already managed to guide Mukura to a 3-0 win which was last recorded at the start of this month away to Musanze in the Turbo King Football league.
Gicumbi will also host Rusizi-based Espoir at Muhanga without suspended coach Emmanuel Ruremesha.
Gilbert Kanyankole’s SC Kiyovu hosts Espearance at Mumena stadium while second division sides SEC academy and Aspor will tusle it out at Kicukiro turf before Peace cup holders AS Kigali take on Rwamagana City in a 1/16th round tie which was not played on time following the latter’s engagement in African club competitions.
Ferwafa turf will play host to two matches; Etoile de l’est and Amagaju playing early in the afternoon with kick off set for 1pm before Musanze face second division outfit Kirehe at 15.30.
The annual tournament has reached the 1/8th round with Rwanda football federation yet to secure any sponsors to beef up the competition but Ferwafa remains optimistic on finding a potential sponsor before the end of this month.
Ferwafa has been in talks with several companies such as Super Sport, Eco-bank, like Rwanda Development Bank, Sonarwa, Techno Mobile and Akagera Motors since the knockouts kicked off in March with nine matches played in the first round of 16, but as the tournament hits 1/8 stages it seems no agreement has been reached yet.
For four years, the tournament was co-sponsored by mobile telecommunication giant MTN-Rwanda before Imbuto Foundation took over in 2013. MTN-Rwanda sponsored the tournament with Frw 51.4m per year since 2009, and Imbuto Foundation paid Frw 96m last year.
The winner of the tournament represents the country in Confederation of African Orange Cup games. AS Kigali, which is currently third in the league table, won the title last year after defeating AS Muhanga 3-0?
Lack of sponsorship could potentially damage the future value of the competition as well as the financial stability of some clubs if it continues.
The tournament featured a total of 37 clubs in the first round of 1/16 group stages both from the first and second division.