Lowly Pepiniere FC pile more misery on APR FC


APR's Maxime Sekamana (R) controls the ball against Pepiniere's players yesterday. Sam Ngendahimana.


Gicumbi vs AS Kigali


APR 1-1 Pepinierre

SC Kiyovu 0-1 Kirehe

Mukura 3-2 Espoir

Sunrise 1-0 Etincelles


Police 2-2 Musanze

APR FC’s poor run in the ongoing national league season hit yet another low after the reigning champions suffered a shock 1-1 draw against lowly Pepiniere FC on Sunday at Stade de Kigali.

APR head coach Jimmy Mulisa in action to put his players under pressure to look for equalizer as bottom side in the league beat army side 1-0 in the first half ( Sam Ngendahimana)

Pepiniere striker Michael Nduwimana broke the deadlock in the 45th minute after a brilliant assist from Gilbert Mugisha to put the Ruyenzi-based side in the lead before the half time break.

The 16-time record league champions APR came into the second half determined to find an equalizer. Coach Jimmy Mulisa replaced forward Patrick Sibomana with Maxime Sekamana, as APR piled more pressure on Pepiniere.

Bottom side Pepiniere's Michel Nduwimana controls the ball against APR's left defender Aimable Nsabimana at Kigali Stadium yesterday.

In the 75th minute, Sekamana equalized for APR after a nice footwork between Innocent Nshuti and Eric Tuyishime before giving a nice through ball to Sekamana who fired a powerful shot inside the net to bring them back into the game.

Mulisa’s side tried to search for a winning goal, but the relegation threatened Pepiniere denied them any chance.

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Former SC Kiyovu midfielder Hussein Ndarabu (C) tries to stop APR's Maxime Sekamana before netting the equalizer (Sam Ngendahimana)

This is the fourth time in a row that APR has dropped points to lowly sides which include a 1-0 loss against Gicumbi FC, a 1-all draw against Musanze FC and a barren draw against Kirehe FC.

Following this draw, APR with 41 points remain in the second spot with one point behind their traditional archrivals Rayon Sport that has however played three games less.

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Isaac Mitima Pepiniere FC's winger tries to get past APR FC's Eric Rutanga during the match at Kigali Stadium yesterday

Meanwhile in other games played on Sunday, SC Kiyovu lost 0-1 against Kirehe FC at Mumena Stadium thanks to the lone goal of Benjamin Ndagijimana while Sunrise beat Entincelle 1-0 in Nyagatare turf courtesy of a Fred Etienne strike.

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Pepiniere's Abdul Karim Hakizimana  lies down on the pitch after being fouled by APR players during the match at Kigali Stadium yesterday

Mukura defeated Espoir 3-2 at Huye Stadium in the southern province derby courtesy of Ally Niyonzima, Christopher Bukuru and Cedrick Samba while a one Albert Wilondja and Ally Mbogo netted for Espoir FC.

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Pepiniere's striker Michel Nduwimana dribbles past APR FC defender Aimable Nsabimana during the match that ended with 1-1 draw at Kigali Stadium yesterday (Sam Ngendahimana)