Ssimbwa optimstic despite APR loss
SAM Ssimbwa believes his side will stage good perfomances in the remaining matches of the Turbo King Football League despite losing to APR on Sunday.
The Cops side bossd the first half but were thwarted by a solid APR backline led Emery Bayisenge who even cleared a dangerous ball off the goalline which left Ssimbwa fuming claiming the ball had crossed the line.
They then fell behind to a 58th-minute Patrick Sibomana strike, when he broke the deadlock on 58th minute, converting a combined effort from Andrew Buteera and Charles Tibingana who did a good job by eliminating three defenders..
The 1-0 win helped APR to capture the summit with 40 points, followed by Rayon Sports who have a game in hand on 37 points, Espoir are in third with 32 points, while Police and AS Kigali follow with 31 points each.
Ssimbwa said, “I have lost a battle but the war is still on. We wanted to win but this is how football is, we did all we could but failed to find the net. We lost to a better side,”
“We still have nine matches ahead and we might win all our games and you never know what might happen to our rivals,”
“I believe this game would have ended in a draw because that ball crossed the line even though the referees decided to ignore the fact. That was a genuine goal and but we don’t have anything to do since sometimes the ground is not level,” added Ssimbwa.
He further added, “Looking at the performance, it is disappointing because we didn’t get the result but if we can take this performance into the next nine games, we’re going to get a lot of points. You hope football is not going to be that harsh on us again.”
In seventeen matches played this season, Police have won nine matches, drawn and lost four matches respectively to earn 31 points, tied with AS Kigali who have a game in hand.
In other matches, Rusizi-based club Espoir moved into third spot with 32 points after forcing hosts SC Kiyovu to a 1-all draw at Mumena stadium.
AS Muhanga also played a 2-all draw away to Musanze; Mukura held Gicumbi to a 1-all draw, while Esperance registered their biggest win of the season, with a 3-1 victory away to Etincelles.
Both Rayon Sports and AS Kigali who are featuring in Africa club championships will play their match day 17 fixtures on February 19 and 20 against Amagaju and Marines, respectively.