Rayon shoots APR to go top
Rayon Sports 2-1 APR
Amagaju 2-0 Espoir
Musanze 2-1 Marines
AS Muhanga 1-2 SC Kiyovu
Police 2-0 Mukura
Etincelles 1-1 Gicumbi
DEFENDING champions Rayon Sports revived their ambitions of retaining the league title after recording a comfortable 2-1 win over APR to climb to the summit of the Turbo King Football League with an impeccable display.
The blues who have been on song since the season began built on the momentum of the recent strings of results by sealing yet another hard fought for win against the 13-time champions at Kigali regional stadium.
However, Rayon Sports lead only on a slim one goal difference but are tied on 49 points with APR with five matches to the end of the season.
Djamal Mwiseneza opened the score sheet for the blues with a well taken shot in the 13th minute after he was left unmarked by Michel Rusheshangoga and Emery Bayisenge to dribble past Ismail Nshutiyamagara before unleashing thunderbolt past goalie Olivier Kwizera which sent the full to capacity stadium into jubilations.
APR however flattered to deceive by leveling the score line in the 30th minute with a perfect header from striker Michel Ndahinduka off a brilliant cross from Rusheshangonga.
Thereafter it was a balanced duel with both sides trading attacks, but the blues had the final laugh with left back Abouba Sibomana settling the contest with a sharp drive from the edge of the area in the 41th minute.
Sibomana snatched the winning goal following another defensive blow when Rusheshangoga failed to clear Mwiseneza set-piece only to be met with the imposing defender who made no mistake but to blast a sharp ball into the upper goal post.
Rayon Sports made APR play most of the balls in their half and after recess they maintained pressure on the military side for more goals but were met with strong resistance from the backline and impressive goal keeping tactics from Kwizera.
Kwizera was made to put away two attempts from Cedric Amissi as Rayon Sports surged upfront for goals mid in the second half. The Burundian beat APR’s defenders to head a cross from Mwiseneza but only to be saved off the goal line by the former Isonga shot-stopper in the 60th minute.
Six minutes later, Amissi made another excellent volley attempt off Mwiseneza’s cross only to be cleared by Kwizera’s right foot at the edge of the goal line.
Jean Baptista Mugiraneza tested Jean Luc Ndayishimiye with a fine header from Charles Bayingana’s corner but the former APR custodian put on display a reflex fly to clear the ball away in the 70th minute.
Three minutes later, Ndayishimiye ensured another save this time putting away a curvy free kick from Papy Sibomana following Barnabe Mubumbyi’s foul at the edge of the goal area.
Luck was not on APR as they lost Isaie Songa to a knee injury with only his first touch after replacing Yannick Mukunzi. He collided with Arafat Serugendo, leaving Coach Vincent Mashami with no option but to bring in Albert Ngabo.
In general, APR met a strong, prepared and determined Rayon Sports which was very vigilant from the first whistle until the final, avoiding mistakes and creating more goal scoring opportunities.
This was Rayon Sports sixteenth win of the season as APR succumbed to its second loss.
Elsewhere, Police jumped to third spot with 38 points after their 2-0 win over Mukura at Kicukiro turf while SC Kiyovu sink hosts AS Muhanga 2-1 to move to fourth spot with 37 points.
In Nyamagabe, Coach Godfrey Okoko’s relegation battling Amagaju side registered their third win of the season with a 2-0 victory over visitors Espoir while Musanze moved into sixth spot with 36 points with a 2-1 win over Marines.
On Saturday, Etincelles was forced to a 1-all draw by visitors Gicumbi. As it stands Rayon Sports sits at the summit of the standings with 49 points while Amagaju and Esperance occupy the relegation zone with five matches to the end of the season.
The Turbo King Football league will go on a break until April 19.