Super Cup: Rayon, APR in 27-minute replay

The replay of the Super Cup match between Rayon Sports and APR will last 27 minutes. The game which was called off in the 63rd minute on Saturday at Umuganda Stadium due to power failure will be played on Wednesday at Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo.

Wednesday
Rayon Sports vs APR (27 minutes remain)

Saturday
Rayon Sports 2-0 APR FC (63rd minute)*
 
The replay of the Super Cup match between Rayon Sports and APR will last 27 minutes.

The game which was called off in the 63rd minute on Saturday at Umuganda Stadium due to power failure will be played on Wednesday at Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo.
 
According to Albert Mwanafunzi, the Competitions Commission head, the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) made the final verdict on Monday basing on the general provisions as provided by the FIFA.

Rayon Sports head coach Olivier Karekezi had earlier insisted that the replay should follow the standard rules and regulations as stipulated by FIFA.

The Super Cup game between league champions (Rayon Sports) and Peace Cup winners (APR FC) was called off in the 63rd minute on Saturday night due to power failure.

Referee Abdul Twagirumukiza called off the game after a delay that lasted 30 minutes—by the time the game was stopped due to darkness, Rayon Sports were leading 2-0 and seemed destined for a second successive victory over their archrivals that they also beat 1-0 to win the Agaciro Cup last weekend.

According to the FIFA regulations, in such situations, the game can be played for the remaining minutes at the same venue.
 
Rayon leading 2-0

New signing Ismaila Diarra gave Rayon Sports the lead in the 34th minute off an assist by Burundian international midfielder Pierrot Kwizera, who went on to score the second goal with a powerful header in the 62nd minute off a cross from Eric Rutanga on the left wing.
 
APR had their chances to score through Issa Bigirimana, Muhadjir Hakizimana and Maxime Sekamana but they failed to hit the target.

Earlier, APR FC had been reduced to ten players after midfielder Amran Nishimiyimana received a straight red card in the 38th minute for elbowing Rayon Sports defender Thierry Manzi in face.

Before the game, each team had received three million for preparations from the sponsor AZAM, while the winner will earn Rwf5 million on top of a trophy and the loser will walk away with nothing.

The game serves as a curtain-raiser for the 2017/18 league season.

Meanwhile, FERWAFA also pushed the start of the 2017/2018 Azam Rwanda Premier League from 29th to September 30, and the opening match between Rayon Sports FC and AS Kigali will be played on October 1.

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