Ndoli saves APR from early elimination

APR Tumaine Ntamuhanga shields the ball

APR Tumaine Ntamuhanga shields the ball

Peace Cup 1/8th round, Wednesday

APR 0-0 AS Muhanga (10-9 pen)

Police 3-1 Mukura

Etoile de l’est 0-4 Amagaju

SC Kiyovu 2-1 Esperance

Gicumbi 0-1 Espoir

SEC 4-1 Aspor

Musanze 2-2 Kirehe (8-7)

1/16th tie

AS Kigali 3-1 Rwamagana

Quarter final

APR vs. AS Kigali/Rayon Sports

SC Kiyovu vs. Espoir

SEC vs. Amagaju

Police vs. Musanze

APR will have their experienced goal keeper jean Claude Ndoli to thank following his heroics which saw him save two penalties and convert the other as APR secured a dramatic 10-9 win over AS Muhanga on spot-kicks in the Peace Cup 1/8th round match played at Kigali regional stadium on Wednesday.

Vincent Mashami’s side produced a desperately poor performance in their ongoing quest to end two years without a trophy.

The hosts had a poor first half as they found stubborn resistance in the form of goal keeper Hassan Jumaine, who twice repelled efforts from Ismail Nshutiyamagara and Maxime Sekamana with the help of the goal posts.

Mashami’s men were struggling to ask questions at the other end as the club struggled to hold off AS Muhanga who displayed a solid midfield led by Hamad Uzabakiriho.

In the second half the contest began to open up but it was still the APR who looked more threatening, striker Barnabe Mubumbyi failing to utilize two clear chances after the hour mark.

Midfield Yannick Mukunzi replaced injured Andrew Buteera to beef up the midfield as AS Muhanga lost first choice goalkeeper Jumaine to a head injury to be replaced by youthful Kabes Hategikimana.

APR mounted a good defense, forcing Crispin Ibyimana, said Claude Mumbere and Innocent Nzabarinda all trying long range shots which could not scare goalie Ndoli.

Ndahinduka had a clear attempt denied when he headed past goalie Hategikimana to have the ball go off target.

APR’s best moment of the match arguably came in the shoot-out as Nshutiyamagara, Heritier Turatsinze, Yannick Mukunzi, Michel Rusheshangonga, Ernest Sugira, Jean Claude Ndoli, Tumaine Ntamuhanga, Jean Baptista Mugiraneza, Albert Ngabo and Maxime Sekamana sealed the deal for a side occupying second position in the Turbo King Football League.

Michel Ndahinduka penalty was saved before Ndoli had the last laugh cleanly putting off two shots from Frank Makengo and goalie Hategikimana.

For the record, Hamad Uzabakiriho, Jean Paul Uwihoreye, Crispin Ibyimana, Emmanuel Hakizimana, Innocent Nzabarinda, Ally Ibrahim, Simon Tshipangira, Said Claude Mumembere and Dominique Ndayishimiye scored AS Muhanga’s penalties, but the damage had already been done.

APR’s side will face the winner of June 6’s other 1/8th round tie between Rayon Sports and AS Kigali. AS Kigali won their 1/16th fixture against Rwamagana 3-1 yesterday at Kicukiro turf to match into the 1/8th round. This fixture was not played on time due to the club’s engagement in Africa club competitions last month.

Elsewhere, Police thrashed Mukura 3-1 in Muhanga to set up a quarter final battle against Musanze who won 8-7 on spot kicks following a 2-all draw against second division side Kirehe.

Relegation battling side Amagaju progressed to the last eight after hammering second division club Etoile de l’est 4-0. Okoko Godfroid’s side will face Sec academy that beat Aspor 4-1 at Kicukiro turf.

Espoir snatched a slim 1-0 win over Gicumbi in Muhanga to set up a rivalry battle against SC Kiyovu in the quarter finals after the old giants defeated relegation battling Esperance 2-1 at Mumena turf.

The winner of the tournament will represent the country at next year’s Caf Confederation Cup. AS Kigali are defending champions following last year’s 3-1 final win against AS Muhanga.

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