APR FC turn focus to Peace Cup


APR left back Michel Rusheshangoga tackles Rayon's winger Savio Nshuti during last year's Peace Cup final at Amahoro stadium (Sam Ngendahimana)

Esperance SK vs Espoir 1pm
Vision vs APR 3:30pm
Pepiniere vs Marines
Musanze vs Isonga

Aspor vs La Jeunesse 1pm
Rugende vs Rayon Sports 3:30pm
Heroes vs AS Kigali
Etoile de l’est vs SC Kiyovu
Akagera vs Amagaju
Vision JN vs AS Muhanga
Miroplast vs Gicumbi
United Stars vs Police
Hope vs Bugesera
Kirehe vs Etincelles
Intare vs Mukura
Rwamagana City vs Sunrise

With the league title seemingly getting out of their hands, APR have turned their focus on winning this year’s Peace Cup title, according to head coach Jimmy Mulisa.

The 2014 champions will face second division side Vision FC this afternoon, at Mumena Stadium in the last 32 before the two sides lock horns again in a weeks-time to determine who will proceed in the last 16.

Mulisa’s side who are likely to fail to defend their league title will have to win the Peace Cup if they are to compete at next year’s CAF Confederation Cup. According to Mulisa they will be looking to maintain the winning streak from Saturday’s 1-0 league win over Sunrise FC.

“The win against Sunrise is a big motivation for us and we are focused on doing well in the Peace Cup, it’s a knockout competition where anyone will come seeking to win and our target will be to do much better and win the trophy,” Mulisa said

APR have won the title eight times including in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Among the 16 games slated for today and Wednesday, title holders Rayon Sport will face second division tier side Rugende on Wednesday at Kigali stadium, 2015 champions Police take on United stars at Kabagari turf with AS Kigali locking horns with Heroes at Kicukiro stadium.

The 1/8th round leg will be played in May as well as the first leg of the quarter final round, while the second leg will be played in the first week of June.

All semi-final matches will be staged in June while the final will be played on July 4.