It’s AS Kigali against Police in Turbo King League
Police vs. AS Kigali (Kicukiro)
Musanze vs. Gicumbi (Musanze)
Esperance vs. vs. SC Kiyovu (Mumena)
Amagaju vs. Marines (Nyamagabe)
AS Muhanga vs. Espoir (Muhanga)
Rayon Sports vs. Mukura (Amahoro)
Etincelles vs. APR (Umuganda)
AFTER winning five times, Turbo King Football league leaders AS Kigali will look to maintain their title credentials when they play away to fifth-place Police in the big five affair on Saturday at Kicukiro stadium.
AS Kigali has been in superb form in the league, winning five and losing one match to establish a one-point lead over Musanze at the summit.
In Police they face a team brimming with confidence after a 6-1 win over Etincelles in which Imran Nshimiyimana claimed a brace and Kipson Atuheire, Peter Kagabo, Jean d’amour Uwimana and Jacques Tuyisenge scoring with extravagant chips.
AS Kigali head coach Andrew ‘Casa’ Gasambungo, who will miss impressive midfielder Mohammed Mushimiyimana, says the game represents an ideal opportunity for his side to show their worth.
Gasambungo will also miss the services of first team players who are nursing different injuries like goalie pair of Emery Mvuyekure and Regis Ingabire, Ibrahim Itangishyaka, Eugene Habyarimana, Rodriquez Murengezi and Bodo Ndikumana who suffered a bruised leg against Gicumbi on Wednesday.
Others players who will miss this tie because of the on-going national examinations include Justin Mico, Latif Bishira, Hamidou Ndayisaba and Patrick Umwungeri among others.
“We expect a tough outing but we will do our best to respond well against Police despite missing key players,”
“We are in a strong position in the league and we have to very solid playing away from and it is important for us to win the big games,” added Gasambungo.
Coach Sam Ssimbwa said they will play AS Kigali just like they have done the past matches with an aim of winning. “AS Kigali is a strong team and on paper they are better than us since they are leading the league standings.”
“We respect them but we don’t fear them. We will play our game and hope we will win,” added Ssimbwa.
Police goes into today’s tie having drawn 1-1 against APR, beaten Rayon Sports 2-1 and Etincelles 6-0 in three of its last matches while AS Kigali won all their previous matches against Marines, AS Muhanga and Gicumbi, all recording a 1-0 win.
Second-placed Musanze will be aiming at maintaining their grip in the top-of-table affair when they tackle the Jean Baptista Kayiranga coached Gicumbi this afternoon in Musanze.
Placed eighth on the log on nine points, victory for SC Kiyovu against Esperance at Mumena haul their points tally to 11.
Elsewhere, relegation battling side Amagaju hosts Marines in Nyamagabe while AS Muhanga will host Espoir in Muhanga.
Amagaju with new coach Godfroid Okoko with one point out of possible 18 must recover quickly against Marines who will also be looking for a win after losing to SC Kiyovu mid week.
Striker Jean Baptista Mukamba is the only player Amagaju will miss against their crucial match against Marines.
AS Muhanga placed 13th with two points face a tough test at home against Espoir who succumbed to 2-0 loss to Rayon Sports is hoping to gun maximum points against Ali Bizimana’s side.
AS Muhanga has spent three months without salaries and by press time, there were reports indicating that they might not honour today’s match.
Espoir, placed sixth with 11 points will be without key players in Moussa Kayiranga and Aimable Rucogoza who are suspended with accumulated yellow cards.
On Sunday, Rayon Sports face another tricky test against Mukura due at Amahoro stadium without two of their key strikers Papy Kamanzi and Samson Jakesh who deserted the club due to different reasons while APR plays away to Etincelles at Umuganda stadium.
Hakim Mutabazi (Esperance)
Jean Baptista Mukamba (Amagaju)
Moussa Kayiranga (Espoir)
Aimable Rucogoza (Espoir)
Fuadi Ndayisenga (Rayon Sports)
Mohamed Mushimiyimana (AS Kigali)
Hassan Habimana (Mukura)
Abdallah Hategikimana (Etincelles)
Jacques Tuyisenge (Police)
Team PD W D L Pts
AS Kigali 6 5 0 1 15
Musanze 6 4 2 0 14
APR 6 4 1 1 13
Rayon Sports 6 4 1 1 13
Police 6 3 2 1 11
Espoir 6 3 2 1 11
Etincelles 6 2 3 1 9
SC Kiyovu 6 2 3 1 9
Mukura 6 3 0 3 9
Marines 6 1 1 4 4
Esperance 6 1 0 5 3
Gicumbi FC 6 0 2 4 2
AS Muhanga 6 0 2 4 2
Amagaju 6 0 1 5 1