Mashami urges troops to fight till the end
AFTER securing a slim qualification to the quarter finals of the Peace Cup competition, APR FC interim head coach Vincent Mashami has rallied his team mates to keep focus and work their socks off in bid to win the tournament.
The military side who have won the tournament six times had to thank goal keeper Jean Claude Ndoli as he made two saves in the penalty shoot-out as seven-time champions APR completed a dramatic 10-9 win over AS Muhanga on spot-kicks in the Peace Cup 1/8th round at Kigali Regional stadium after a goalless draw over 90 minutes.
The club which was missing five of their first choice players (Jean Claude Iranzi, Patrick Sibomana, Emery Bayisenge, Charles Tibingana and Olivier Kwizera) due to injuries had a poor outing against a re-organised AS Muhanga, wasted many goal scoring opportunities.
Coach Mashami said on Wednesday, “It was a tough game. We could have scored goals but it was unfortunate that we didn’t find the net in normal 90 minutes but still we were confident on qualification,”
“We underrated our opponents which was not good because they were motivated having reached last year’s finals. Along the way, our players lost concentration and intensity but the most important factor we had to win the game,”
“I must thank players for ensuring that APR progresses to the next round. We hope to keep improving because we have a tight challenge ahead. For us to display good performances and even win the title, players need to be composed and focused because any slight mistake will hurt our title quest,” added Mashami.
APR FC, who have a record 13-league titles will face the winner between AS Kigali and Rayon Sports in the quarter finals. The 1/8th round tie between Rayon Sports and AS Kigali will be played on June 6.
AS Kigali won their 1/16th fixture against Rwamagana 3-1 yesterday at Kicukiro turf to match into the 1/8th round. This fixture was not played on time due to the club’s engagement in Africa club competitions last month.