League title is ours to lose, says Rayon coach

Four days after hammering archrivals APR FC 4-0, on form Rayon Sports brushed aside lowly Rwamagana City 4-1 in the National Football League on Saturday at Kigali Regional Stadium.
Malian striker Ismaila Diarra scored twice to take his tally for the season to 10 goals as Rayon Sports beat Rwamagana City 4-1 on Saturday. (Courtesy)
Malian striker Ismaila Diarra scored twice to take his tally for the season to 10 goals as Rayon Sports beat Rwamagana City 4-1 on Saturday. (Courtesy)

Saturday

Rayon Sports 4-1 Rwamagana City
Sunrise FC 1-2 APR FC
Gicumbi FC 0-3 Police FC
Etincelles 2-0 SC Kiyovu
AS Muhanga 1-3 Mukura VS

Friday

Musanze Fc 3-1 Bugesera FC
Marines Fc 1-1 Amagaju Fc

Four days after hammering archrivals APR FC 4-0, on form Rayon Sports brushed aside lowly Rwamagana City 4-1 in the National Football League on Saturday at Kigali Regional Stadium.

Malian striker Ismaila Diarra scored a brace in the 12th and 63rd minute while Savio Dominique Nshuti added the third in the 31st before Djabel Manishimwe added the 4th in the 83rd minute as Rayon Sports kept pressure on leaders APR FC, who came from behind to defeat Sunrise FC 2-1 in Rwamagana.

Jean de Dieu Nyabyenda scored the consolation for Francois Kalisa’s relegation-threatened Rwamagana City in the 57th minute.

The defending champions APR earned maximum points, courtesy of goals from central defender Herve Rugwiro and midfielder Tumaine Ntamuhanga to keep top spot with 49 points with eight matches left, one point ahead of second-placed Rayon Sports, who have a game in hand against Etincelles. After the win, Rayon Sports interim coach Djuma Masudi, who remains unbeaten since he took over in early March, admitted his team are favourites to win the title.

“Players have started to show fatigue but we have to find a way to manage that, the good thing is that we have finished the games against Police, APR and Mukura. Nonetheless, we still have eight complicated games remaining which we have to win,” Masudi explained.

He added that, “Our aim is to win the league title this season; we are remaining with eight games which we have to win, and we are not too far.”

Third placed Mukura VS beat AS Muhanga 3-1 at Muhanga Regional Stadium with Burundian international Christophe Ndayishimiye scoring a hat trick while former Amavubi striker Bokota Labama Kamana snatched the consolation goal for the home side.

Fourth-placed SC Kiyovu suffered a 2-0 loss to Etincelles with Bodo Ndikumana and Ramadhan Nzayisenga scoring the goals for Innocent Seninga’s team.

Police FC registered their first win in seven matches as they edged Gicumbi FC 3-0 at Gicumbi stadium.

Jean Paul Niyonzima picked a brace and striker Dany Usengimana scored his ninth goal of the season to keep Andre Casa Mbungo’s side in sixth place with 35 points. Rwamagana City remains bottom with 11 points, behind AS Muhanga with 14 points.

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