Kiyovu chocking under financial woes
SC Kiyovu’s continued poor run of results is linked to the lack of funds that has hit the club, a feat which is going to tear the club apart before the season ends.
According to local media, the old giants, under coach Jean Baptist Kayiranga, started the season well and led the national league for much of the first round before being overtaken in first position, first by AS Kigali, then Police and now Rayon Sport.
Kayiranga went on to resign after 13 games, citing non payment of his salary and players after a successful run of 8 wins, three draws and three losses.
He was replaced by his assistant Francois Kalisa, who has since played five league matches, losing two and drew the other, leaving the team in sixth position with 29 points, six points behind the league leaders and archrivals Rayon, who at one stage were lying 12 points behind their old enemies.
Kiyovu were also knocked out of the Peace Cup on Sunday by national league rivals Musanze 4-2 on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes.
SC Kiyovu Secretary General Jean Marie Nsengiyumva admitted that club is going through troubled times in terms of financial standing but says, “We are trying to solve the problems so that the team can get back to winning ways.”
“We have lost the head coach (Kayiranga) a key senior player (Bokota Labama) because the club could not pay them on time, and it has affected the whole team,” Nsegiyumva told local media.
The last time Kiyovu won the league was way back in 1993, won the Primus Cup in 2011 under Jean Marie Ntagwabira and also played in CAF Confederation Cup last year after finishing runners up behind APR but were eliminated by Tanzanian side Simba in the preliminary round.