Peace Cup begins in Rwanda
Peace Cup, preliminary round
APR vs. Sunrise [Stade de Kigali]
Police vs. AS Muhanga [Mumena]
AS Kigali vs. Etoile de l’est [Rwamagana]
Mukura vs. Gasabo [Muhanga]
Marines vs. Isonga [Musanze]
Unity vs. Intare [Muhanga]
La Jeunesse vs. Pepiniere [Kicukiro]
Bugesera vs. Esperance [Kicukiro]
Vision JN vs. Kirehe [Ferwafa]
Rwanda’s oldest club Peace Cup competition begins on Saturday with 18 clubs playing in the knockout round of 32 across the country.
Defending champion APR will be hoping to avoid any upset when they host Sunrise at Stade de Kigali as Police plays AS Muhanga at Mumena grounds.
The military side’s Primus league campaign has left them somewhat in distress this season as they find themselves situated in third position, three points behind leaders and traditional rivals Rayon Sport.
APR will be hoping that this knockout competition will prove to be the perfect distraction from their league troubles and possibly abet in turning over a new leaf, should they come out successful.
Head coach Eric Nshimiyimana will miss injured goalie Jean Luc Ndayishimiye, defender Heritier Turatsinze and striker Farouk Ruhinda Saifi all to injuries.
Sunrise has been in scintillating form in the second division league and they hope to qualify for the Primis league since they lead Pool A with 32 points in 13 matches played this season.
Police FC Coach Goran Kopunovic acknowledges that competition will be immense but at the same time, he holds belief in his squad that they can make it to the top. Police face Muhanga for the second time this season at Mumena stadium.
Nine matches are on card this afternoon while eight more will be played on Sunday as 34 clubs vie for a place in the last 16.
The winner will represent Rwanda in the 2014 Caf Confederation Cup.