Musanze FC 1-1 Marines
Rwamagana City 1-0 Sunrise FC
APR FC 3-0 Gicumbi FC
Bugesera FC vs Rayon Sports
Amagaju FC vs AS Kigali
Espoir FC vs Etincelles
Police FC vs AS Muhanga
SC Kiyovu vs Mukura VS
Defending champions APR FC defeated Gicumbi FC 3-0 to open up a four-point lead at the top of Azam Rwanda Premier League table yesterday, with their closest rivals Rayon Sports taking on Bugesera today.
APR struck three times in 19 minutes at the Kigali Regional Stadium to take their points tally to 52.
Forward Issa Bigirimana came off the bench to net the opener on the 61st minute, having replaced Bernabe Mubumbyi after the break.
Mubumbyi scored from a Fiston Nkezingabo cross who had come on for Janvier Benedata.
Defender Helve Rugwiro scored the second goal on the 70th minute – his second in two games – after a well-taken corner from Jean Claude Iranzi.
Iranzi then got one for himself on the 77th minute to complete the rout.
The game had started slowly with no side creating clear goal scoring opportunity but the military side made the most of their superior possession and attacking prowess to find the breakthrough in the second half.
The defeat saw Gicumbi remain in the seventh position with 30 points.
Elsewhere, Musanze FC and visitors Marines played to a 1-all draw, with Basil Hatungima netting for the hosts on the 44th minute before Haruna Muvunyi scored the equalizer for Marines from the spot.
Later on, Marines missed the opportunity to win the game when midfielder Hussein Habimana missed a penalty.
Elsewhere, Rwamagana beat Sunrise 1-0 to boost their survival chances.
Up against stubborn Bugesera FC today, Rayon Sports, who now have two games in hand, will hope to have closed the gap on APR by the end of the day.
In today’s other fixtures, Amagaju FC host AS Kigali in Nyamagabe; Etincelles FC entertain Espoir FC in Rusizi; Police FC play against bottom-placed side AS Muhanga at Kicukiro Stadium; while SC Kiyovu take on Mukura VS at Mumena turf.
Yves Rwasamanzi’s Kiyovu go into today’s fixture without their midfield duo of Martin Twizeyimana and Jean d’Amour Uwimana through suspension, while their opponents Mukura VS will be without Regis Shyaka, who is also suspended.