Police too strong for Rayon Sports
Police coach Sam Ssimbwa
Rayon Sports 1-2 Police
Etincelles 1-1 Marines
AS Kigali 1-0 AS Muhanga
APR FC 1-0 Gicumbi
Mukura VC 3-2 Esperance
Musanze 0-0 Espoir
SC Kiyovu 3-0 Amagaju
POLICE FC proved too strong for Rayon Sports in Saturday’s second bitter clash of title favourites in the Turbo King Football League as AS Kigali edged out AS Muhanga to go top of the table.
Beaten twice by their bitter rivals last season, Sam Ssimbwa’’s side gained revenge with a 2-1 win at Amahoro stadium while AS Kigali snatched a slim 1-0 win over visitors AS Muhanga at Stade de Kigali and Etincelles and Marines drew 1-1 in Rubavu derby.
Striker Kipson Atuheire bagged a brace for the Cops side in their Turbo King Football League win over rivals and defending champions Rayon Sports.
The former APR and URA striker who was signed this season by Police struck in 5th and 83rd minutes to complete his first brace of the campaign.
Police got off to a dream start, taking the lead on the 5th minute when goal keeper Jean Luc Ndayishimiye struck a goal kick in the back of Atuheire inside the box, only to reflect in his goal posts.
Former Police skipper Meddie Kagere partnering with Samson Jakesh failed to make any impact against the Cops side as Marcel Nzarora made several saves to deny them any chance of snatching a point.
Nzarora stood strong in Police’s stands as he made clear saves from Amissi, Fuadi Ndayisenga and Jakesh’s efforts as the blues digged deep for a goal.
Peter Kagabo and Donatien Tuyisenge also had the efforts saved by Ndayishimiye as both sides relied on counterattacks for goals.
Police pulled a goal back when Atuheire found the net with seven minutes to the end of the game as Ndayishimiye failed to clear Peter Kagabo’s cross, instead punched the ball on the feet of the sharp shooter who made no mistake but to finish the incredible job.
With four minutes of additional time raised, wasteful Rayon Sports who dominated the game but found a challenging solid Police defence, saw Cedric Amissi stabbing the ball home after winning a penalty appeal when Jean Bosco Uwacu handed the ball at the stroke of extra time but the Nyanza-based side could not find an equaliser as the clocked ticked off.
The win for Police was a perfect gift and second win for Ssimbwa’s side which faced a tough start of the season as they conceded two late goals in four days against Musanze losing 0-1 and military side APR to force a 2-2 draw.
It was a job well done for Ssimbwa to ensure that his players recover from that uncertainty, to win this crucial match, knowing that it was going to be hard.
Police propelled to sixth position with eight points while Rayon Sports dropped to second spot with ten points.
Elsewhere, AS Kigali moved to the summit of the standings with 12 points after a 1-0 win over AS Muhanga courtesy of Eric Ndahayo’s second half strike.
The Rubavu derby between Etincelles and Marines ended in a 1-all draw. Etincelles moved to fifth spot with nine points while Marines jumped to ninth spot with four points.
On Sunday, Hegman Ngoma snatched a late dramatic penalty win for APR against Gicumbi.
The win helped APR jump to fourth position with 10 points and a better goal difference over arch rivals Rayon Sports who are placed fifth.
Espoir and Musanze shared a goalless draw in Northern Province town of Musanze to remain placed second and third with 11 points each.
SC Kiyovu moved to ninth position with six points after a 3-0 win over Amagaju at Mumena turf. Pekeyake Tuyisenge, Ombarenga Mike and Julius Bakkabulindi helped the old giants register their first vital victory of the season against struggling Amagaju who are stuck at the bottom of the table with no point.
In Huye, Joseph Nkurikiye, Claude Nahimana and Mike Segawa earned maximum points for Mukura against Esperance to jump from ninth position to fifth with nine points.
AS Kigali lead the Turbo King Football League standings with 12 points after registering a 1-0 win over AS Muhanga on Saturday courtesy of Eric Ndahayo’s lone goal of the game.