Police, APR win Kagame Cup openers
Vital ‘O 5-1 Banadir
Police FC 1-0 El Merreikh
APR 1-0 Atletico
THREE-TIME WINNERS APR and debutants Police Fc, all from hosts Rwanda registered hard fought victories in their opening matches of the CecafaKagame Cup played on Saturday at Amahoro stadium.
Defending champions Vital’O from Burundi recorded a brilliant start to their title defense as they mauled Banadir of Somalia 5-1 in the first game of the day.
Former Amavubi skipper Hamad Ndikumana scored the opening goal for the Burundians from a long range shot in the 15th minute before substitute Moussa Mossi made it 2-0 at the stroke of half time through a penalty following a foul on midfielder Tuyisenge.
After recess, Coach Gilbert Kanyankole’s side extended the lead with substitute Laudit Mavugo nailing a long shot in the 70th minute.
Substitute Abdi Rizak Ali snatched a consolation goal for Banadir as he rounded four defenders and the goal keeper to slot home a wonderful goal, one of the best in the tournament so far.
The Burundians recorded their fourth goal courtesy of a brace from Mossi who was named the man of the match with a brilliant strike.
Vital’O were gifted a fifth goal from a defensive blunder from Banadir central defender Mustafa Hassan Osman who netted into his own net.
Vital’O now leads Group C with three points and a superior goal difference over Police who also snatched a slim 1-0 win over Sudanese giants El Merreikh in the second game of the day.
A header from striker KipsonAtuheire was all that the law enforcers needed on their debut in the CecafaKagame Cup winner. Atuheire scored the all-important goal of the day from a spotless free kick taken by Jacques Tuyisenge.
El Merreikh had several attempts from Allan Wanga, AllaEldienYousif and MagdiAbdulatif but all their efforts were put on bay by an impressive goal keeper Emery Mvuyekure who was outstanding in the stands for Police Fc.
El Merreikh put on a determined performance but they could not assert their authority over Police who were very comfortable in both defense and midfield.
In Group B, APR snatched a late narrow 1-0 win over Atletico of Burundi to go on level with KCCA at the top of the standings with three points.
Skipper Ismail Nshutiyagamara scored a stoppage minute header from a neat Patrick Sibomana’s free kick to send the crowds in cheers.
The military side dominated the game and had several of their goal scoring attempts blown away with Michel Ndahinduka, BarnabeMubumbyi, Emery Bayisenge and Jean Claude Iranzi wasted.
Mubumbyi had the best opportunity to put the military ahead in the 40th minute when his lowly shot was clearly saved by goalie AkimanaKandolo while Jean BaptistaMugiraneza failed to chip in a loose ball from Ndahinduka in the 80th minute.
Former Rayon Sports midfielder DjamalMwiseneza, HegmanNgoma and Patrick Sibomana were the only used substitute as Serbian coach PetrovicLjupko pressed the Burundians for a winner.
Coach Cedric Kaze’s side staged an entertaining game with ZacharieHakizimana and TresorAkimana causing headache to APR defensive dup of Bayisenge and Nshutiyamagara.
Nshutiyagamara was made to save a dangerous ball off the goal line when goalie Olivier Kwizera slipped TresorAkimana’s shot.
APR will be back in action on August 13 with a date against Telecom of Djibouti while Atletico taking on KCCA of Uganda on the same afternoon.