Rayon defy odds to end 2013 on a bright note

Rayon sports club

Rayon sports club

 

Defending champions will enter 2014 with much smiles after leading the Turbo King football League with 28 points in 13 matches played in 2013.

 

Against Musanze on Sunday, Rayon Sports earned a well-deserved 2-1 victory over the Northern Province giants courtesy of brilliant strikes from Abouba Sibomana and Meddie Kagere at Stade Ubworoherane.

 

The hard-fought 2-1 victory ensured the blues’ fans completed an amazing year with bragging rights, having seen their side lift the league title for the first time since 2004 and recover from early upsets this season in time to enter the New Year in pole position.

 

But APR and AS Kigali stayed within touching distance of the leaders with wins against AS Muhanga and Kiyovu SC, respectively.

 

Second-placed APR won 3-1 in Muhanga, while Andre Gasambungo’s AS Kigali kept their title hopes alive with a 2-1 win over fourth-placed Kiyovu at Stade de Kigali.

 

Gilbert Yaoundé Kanyankore’s Kiyovu dominated the game but failed to beat AS Kigali’s inspired goalie Emery Mvuyekure.

 

After several missed chances, AS Kigali opened the scoring through a powerful Rodriguez Murengezi header off a well-taken free-kick by Hamidou Ndayisaba on the 44th minute.

 

AS Kigali were always a  threat on the break with Mouhamed Mushimiyimana and Ndayisaba later combining well to set up Amini Muzerwa for the second five minutes after halftime.

 

SC Kiyovu later piled pressure on AS Kigali and were rewarded with a consolation through Ugandan striker Julius Bakkabulindi after good interplay.

 

AS Kigali, who were in top spot a week ago, are now two points behind leaders Rayon Sports, who are one point better than second-placed APR FC.

 

In other games, Espoir continued their impressive form with a 1-0 home win over struggling Mukura; Amagaju drew 2-2 with Etincelles, while Sam Ssimbwa’s Police FC registered the biggest win of the day with a 5-0 away victory away to Marines.

 

Table

Team                 PD       W        D         L       Pts

Rayon Sports    13        9          1          3          28

APR                    12        8          3          1         27

AS Kigali            13        8          2          3         26

Police FC            13        7          3          3         24

Espoir                 13        6          6          1         24

Musanze             13        6          4          3         22

SC Kiyovu          12        6          4          2          22

Etincelles             13        3          8          2         17

Mukura               13        4          1          8          13

Gicumbi              13        3          3          7          12

Marines               13        2          3          8          9

AS Muhanga      13        2           3         8          9

Esperance           13        2          1          9          7

Amagaju             13        1          4          8          7

 

 

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