Rayon blow title hopes amid chaos
Rayon Sports 1-1 AS Kigali
APR 3-0 Amagaju
Etincelles 2-2 Musanze
Mukura 3-0 SC Kiyovu
Police 2-3 Espoir
Gicumbi 3-0 AS Muhanga
Esperance 1-0 Marines
TURMOIL erupted at Amahoro stadium yesterday as Rayon Sports fans displayed violent protests following their club’s 1-all draw against AS Kigali, which threw their title bid in tatters.
Chaos started at the end of the final whistle when Belgian head coach Luc Eymael and Burundian striker Cedric Amissi attacked match referee Gervais Munyanziza only to be rescued by policemen.
It’s from there that exchange of words began forcing Munyanziza to issue a deserved straight red-card to Amissi for attacking match officials, a feat which sent the whole Rayon Sports fraternity in disarray.
The frustrations were ignited by Rayon Sports failure to consolidate their top spot which was regained by APR following their 3-0 win over Amagaju at Kigali Regional stadium, to boost their title chances.
It took Police officers one hour to clear the tension in and outside the stadium as Rayon Sports fans hurled stones into the stadium, destroying dressing rooms for teams and referees as well as other offices of different sports federations who operate inside the Amahoro stadium.
Rayon stuttered against AS Kigali as they wasted a lot of goal scoring chances. Amin Mwizerwa scored the opening goal for the visitors on 5th minute with a superb header before Arafat Serugendo equalized with a brilliant finish twelve minutes later.
Amissi, Meddie Kagere, Papy Kamanzi and Leon Uwambajimana were all culprits as they missed several chances to notch a winning goal throughout the entire second half though Emery Mvuyekure stood firm in the stands for AS Kigali, making plenty of brilliant saves.
APR go two clear
APR FC who are gunning to claim their 14th league title continued their match towards the League title with a 3-0 win over Amagaju to move two points clear at the top of the table.
Goals from Barnabe Mubumbyi, Sulaiman Kakira and Patrick Sibomana earned the military side crucial points.
The result sees Vincent Mashami’s outfit secure an 18th straight win and moves them two points clear of second-placed Rayon Sports. APR lead the standings with 58 points, two ahead of Rayon Sports with two rounds left to the end of the season.
Amagaju who lost their 15th league match is placed at the root of the relegation zone with 17 points. AS Kigali cemented their third place finish with 45 points as their closest rivals stumbled.
A win for APR in the next two matches will earn them the league title. They will play away to Espoir in Rusizi on April 26 before hosting AS Muhanga in the final match of the season at Kicukiro turf on May 3.
In other matches, Sam Ssimbwa’s side suffered a humiliating 3-2 defeat against Espoir at Kicukiro turf. Espoir moved to fifth position with 38 points, three points behind Police who occupy fourth slot.
Mukura remain on eighth position with 25 points after thrashing Gilbert Yaounde Kanyankole’s side 3-0 in Muhanga. Burundian import Claude Nahimana scored a hattrick for the Huye side.
Battle for relegation escape
Esperance moved out of relegation zone after registering a 1-0 win over visitors Marines at Mumena turf. Esperance are now ranked 12th with 19 points, one points behind Marines.
Jean Baptista Kayiranga’s Gicumbi Fc thrashed AS Muhanga 3-0 in Northern Province to ensure their stay in the top flight league. They moved to ninth position with 24 points while AS Muhanga dropped into the red zone with 18 points.
In Rubavu, Etincelles and Musanze settled for a 2-all draw to remain on tenth and sixth positions with 22 and 37 points respectively.