Battle for the Title: APR set for Police test
TKFL, Match Day 17
APR vs. Police [Stade de Kigali]
SC Kiyovu vs. Espoir [Mumena]
Musanze vs. AS Muhanga [Musanze]
Etincelles vs. Esperance [Umuganda]
Mukura vs. Gicumbi [Muhanga]
TRAILING leaders Rayon Sports on second slot with nine games to go, thirteen-time league champion APR hosts Police this weekend at Stade de Kigali for a match that could go a long way to determining if they can maintain their Turbo King title challenge.
Despite title quests from rivals Rayon Sport, AS Kigali, Espoir and Police, APR has shown keen interest in the silverware as they seek to end title drought.
After losing two points to AS Kigali a goalless draw which pitted both sides last week, APR now face a Police side in third place with 31 points, six behind the military side.
“It is going to be a tough game but my players are ready for the challenge. The team’s atmosphere is positive and everyone has shown the willingness to win the game through the training sessions held in preparation for Sunday’s game,” said interim head coach Vincent Mashami who will be taking charge of the game following a five-match suspension of head coach Andreas Spier over indiscipline.
“It won’t be an easy game but I am sure we can do something in front of our fans. The club’s ambition is to win the title and we will see how other matches will go but our main target is victory over Police on Sunday,” added Mashami.
However, the Cops side whose new player Jerome Sina has not yet been given a local license to feature has an injury-free squad and will also be gunning for maximum points if they are to keep pressure on joint leaders Rayon Sport and APR.
Espoir will hope to replace Police in third spot by seeing off Yaounde Gilbert Kanyankole’s side at Mumena while Musanze will expect to beat AS Muhanga to close the gap from seventh.
Bottom side Esperance will make the journey across Western Province to face on-form Etincelles FC while Gicumbi will try to take advantage of Mukura’s poor home record to clamber from tenth position.
Defending champions who will not be playing this weekend as they will instead play on Sunday in the Africa Champions league match against AC Leopards, lead the standings level with APR, on 37 points but with a goal difference of 20 goals as compared for APR’s 18.
Both Rayon Sports and AS Kigali who are expected to face Burundi’s Academie Tchite today in the Africa Confederations Cup will play their match day 17 fixtures on February 19 and 20 against Amagaju and Marines respectively.
Jean Marie Mukristu [Marines]
Hussein Habimana [SC Kiyovu]
Alphonse Nizeyimana [Esperance]
Arafat Serugendo [Rayon Sports]
Hassan Habimana [Mukura]
Jean Paul Uwihoreye [AS Muhanga]
Team PD W D L Pts
Rayon Sports 16 12 1 3 37
APR 16 11 4 1 37
Police FC 16 9 4 3 31
AS Kigali 16 9 4 3 31
Espoir 16 8 7 1 31
SC Kiyovu 16 8 4 4 28
Musanze 16 7 5 4 26
Etincelles 16 4 9 3 21
Mukura 16 5 2 9 17
Gicumbi 16 3 3 10 12
Marines 16 2 4 10 10
Amagaju 16 2 4 10 10
AS Muhanga 16 2 4 11 10
Esperance 16 2 1 13 7