APR 4-0 Anse Réunion
APR FC midfielder Djihad Bizimana grabbed a hat-trick as the Rwandan side put four past visitors Anse Réunion of Seychelles in their first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round yesterday.
Bizimana, 21, netted in the 12th, 70th and 90th minutes while Isaa Bigirimana scored the other goal in the 78th minute, as the military side ensured a bright start to their continental campaign in front of their fans at Amahoro National Stadium.
Bizimana opened the scoring with a stunning goal from a Jean Baptiste Mugirane before half-time.
The Rwanda international then scored his second goal in the 70th minute with a powerful header thanks to Lague Byiringiro’s cross, with Issa Bigirimana netting a third with 12 minutes to go from Martin Fabrice Twagizimana’s assist.
Bizimana competed the rout with his third in the 90th minute off a Blaise Itangishaka assist.
The home side were the dominant team although and could have scored even more goals had Bigirimana, Mugiraneza, Maxime Sekamana, Innocent Nshuti, Mhadjiri Hakizimana, and Byiringiro not missed clear-cut opportunities.
Ricky Rose, 42, one of the oldest goalkeepers on the continent, was in goal for Anse Réunion.
The return leg scheduled on the weekend of February 21 and 22 in Seychelles.
The 16-time league champions did not go past the preliminary round of the Champions League last year, crashing out of the competition at the hands of Zambia’s seven-time league champions Zanaco FC.
Should APR progress from this round, they will face Djoliba of Mali who qualified for the nest stage without kicking a ball after Liberia’s Elwa United pulled out of the tournament at the last minute due to financial problems.
The last time APR scored four goals on the continent was in 2016 against Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland in the second leg of the preliminary round of CAF Champions League, when Rwanda international Abdul Rwatubyaye bagged a hat-trick.
Rwatubyaye has since joined APR domestic rivals Rayon Sports.
Anse Reunion FC players line-up before starting the first leg match in Kigali.
Anse Reunion's midfeilder Kanakurya Muhammed controls the ball during the match that his side lost 4-0.
APR FC defender Fitina Ombolenga vies for the ball with Anse Reunion defender Helton Monnaie in the first half.
APR FC forward Muhadjili hakizimana beats Anse Reunion defender Helton Monnaie during the match.
APR FC midfielder controls the ball to give an assist
APR's Rague Byiringiro battles for ball with defenders Jules Contance and Don Fanchette in the second half
Army side defender Herve Rugwiro in the air before starting the game
Army side players celebrate the third goal scored by Issa Bigirimana
Army side players pose for a line-up photo before the match in Kigali
Army side supporters cheer on players after beating Anse Reunion 4-0 in Kigali
Bizimana celebrates his first hat trick in APR FC
Defence Minister James Kabarebe and other officials watch the game
Defender Imanishimwe battles for the ball with Anse Reunion
Djihad Bizimana (c) celebrates with his teammates Rugue Byiringiro #14 and Issa Bigirimana as he scores hat trick in the first leg match (Sam Ngendahimana)
Djihad Bizimana scores hat trick for his side during the match against Anse Reunion at Amahoro Stadium (Sam Ngenadahimana)
Djihad Bizimana scores the opening goal in the first half
Forward Muhadjili Hakizimana controls the ball as he wants to beat Anse Reunion skipper Eddy Randriamihaja during the match
Goalkeeper Ricky Rose seen here fails to stope Bizimana's shot in the first half, his side was beaten 4-0 yesterday
Hat trick scorer Djihad Bizimana celebrates the opening goal
Hat trick scorer Djihad Bizimana was given the ball after the game
Head coach Jimmy Mulisa tries to give instructions to his players
Issa Bigirimana dribbles past Anse Reunion defender Helton Monnaie during the match
Maxime Sekamana captured in the air , tries aheader during the first leg match in Kigali.
Midfielder Djihad Bizimana with the ball , he scores hat trick during the first leg match against Anse Reunion in Kigali (Sam Ngendahimana)
Midfielder Maxime Sekamana tries to go past Anse Reunion defender Don Fanchette #5 and Bibi Warren at Amahoro National Stadium
Miss Rwanda 2018 contestants watching the match
Ricky Rose , the goalkeeper
Skipper Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza in action as his side stun Anse Reunion 4-0
The first leg match has been fruitfull to APR FC after stunning Anse Reunion FC 4-0