Rayon Sports 2-1 Gicumbi
Etincelles 0-0 Espoir
AS Muhanga 0-4 Mukura
AS Kigali 2-0 Amagaju
Musanze 1-1 Kiyovu SC
Ten-man Rayon Sports turned on style as they begun the defence of their Turbo King National League title with a 2-1 win over newcomers Gicumbi FC on Saturday at Amahoro national stadium.
Didier Gomez da Rosa’s team put on the sort of display that the Frenchman told his rivals to expect from his champions, slick attacking football.
Midfielder Djamal Mwiseneza and substitute Abouba Sibomana scored for the champions, while Jean Pierre Maombi scored the consolation foal for Gicumbi, who are managed by former Rayon coach Jean Baptiste Kayiranga.
However, Rayon Sports’ opening day victory was overshadowed by devastating first half injury to central defender Faustin Usengimana, who broke his right leg.
Fans inside the stadium averted their eyes in horror as the young defender turned his leg as he attempted a sliding tackle on Gicumbi’s Cassie Nzamurambaho, causing a gruesome double fracture and was immediately rushed to Kanombe Military Hospital.
Arafat Serugendo replaced him and spearheaded the Blues’ surge for maximum points as they dominated proceedings despite playing the entire second half with ten players following the dismissal of skipper Fuadi Ndayisenga was sent off on the stroke of half time for allegedly elbowing defender Francoius Habyarimana.
The striking partnership of Meddie Kagere and Cedric Amissi failed to produce the goods but there were glimpses of what rival teams should expect as the season progresses. The fluidity of their partnership was remarkable in the second half despite not scoring.
Southern Province side Mukura VS recorded the heaviest win on the opening day as they thrashed neighbors AS Muhanga 4-0 in Muhanga.
New signings Emmanuel Minani scored a brace, while Claude Nahimana and Noah Byimana added one apiece to help Cedric Kaze’s oufit to take top spot on goal difference.
Elsewhere, Christian Mbirizi made a scoring debut for Kiyovu SC but his goal was not enough as Abdou Nshimiyimana equalized to earn a point for the home team, Musanze FC.
Peace Cup holders AS Kigali continued from where they left off last season as they defeated Amagaju 2-0 at Stade de Kigali with strikers Justin Mico and Jimmy Mbaraga scorin goals for Andre Gasambungo’s team.
Etincelles and Espoir shared the points following a goalless draw in their fixture held at Umuganda stadium.