APR face off Kiyovu in Peace Cup semi final
2014 Peace Cup
Semi finals, 1st leg
APR vs. SC Kiyovu
Sec Academy vs. Police
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS APR and SC Kiyovu take to battle this afternoon in the semi final of the this year’s Peace Cup at Kigali Regional stadium.
The military side goes into the game as favourites having beaten the old giants in two league matches last season. APR emerged victors in two league matches against SC Kiyovu which was previously managed by Gilbert Yaounde Kanyankole who has since joined Burundi’s Vital’ O.
However, interim coach Ashraf Kadubiri has instilled confidence in the team since he took over from Kanyankole last month. In his first game, SC Kiyovu snatched a 1-0 win over Espoir over the weekend in the quarter final round of the Peace Cup competition.
APR who have lifted seven Peace Cup titles are known to be no pushovers at such a stage when they know the silverware is in the offing.
Head coach Vincent Mashami and majority of the players know very well the importance of winning the Peace Cup and that’s why they believe no stne will be left around in as far as winning this game.
They have been hit a major blow as star striker Barnabas Mubumbyi who helped them eliminate arch rivals Rayon Sports in the quarter final is due to sit out this game due to two accumulative yellow cards.
Coach Mashami believes his boys can live to the occassion as they seek to win a double this season.
“There is no favourite going into the game and we are quite ready for the challenge. SC Kiyovu deserves their respect and our job to ensure a clinical finish as we aim to win this title,”
“We have no room for complacency and every players knows that. It’s business as usual and a big margin win is needed before we play the second leg,” added Mashami.
A confident Kadubiri said, “APR is just like any other club, so we will play our game with a mission of securing a win. It is possible to beat them but the best team will walk home with a win,”
“Besides suspended defender Djuma Niyonkuru, the rest of the players are fit and ready to face APR. It’s been long since we last won silverwware and this is the only chance we have to revive our cabinet trophy,” added Kadubiri, a former Amavubi and SC Kiyovu player.
In the other game, Sam Ssimbwa’s Police face an unknown second division side Sec Academy at Mumena stadium. Sec academy edged out amagaju after a 4-0 win before Police registered a slim 2-1 win over Musanze last week. Sec Academy will miss midfielder Jean Luc Bisangwa who is suspended.
This is the only competition Ugandan tactian Ssimbwa has to win in order to retain his place at the Law and Order outfit. Police who have gone more than ten seasons with a trophy must win today’s match to keep their dream alive of winning their maiden silverware and even represent Rwanda at next year’s Caf club competition.
The second leg is scheduled for June 27 while the final slated for July 4, when the country celebrates Liberation Day.