Yesterday’s League Results
SC Kiyovu 2-0 Marines
Electrogaz 0-1 Rayon Sport
Police 2-3 APR
Marines 1-2 Atraco
As Kigali 2-0 Mukura
Amagaju 2-3 Etincelles
RWANDA’S acclaimed most successful coach Jean Marie Ntagwabira ensured a brilliant return to local football style after guiding Kiyovu to a 2-0 win in the 2009/10 league opener against Musanze yesterday at Mumena stadium.
New signing Fuadi Ndayisenga scored a penalty and Ildebrand Nshuti notched the second to take the fallen giants joint top of the league table with three points along with AS Kigali.
Ntagwabira returns back to the Rwandan football after a one year self-imposed retirement which he too after guiding Atraco to last season’s league title.
Before he went for a sabbatical, Ntagwabira had won; four league titles, three Amahoro Cups and one Cecafa title with APR.
Boosted by a youthful squad with a mixture of experienced players like Bonaventure Hategikimana, Eric Serugaba, Shyaka Jean, Karim Nizigiyimana, Donatien Tuyizere, Pappy Nkunda and Ndayisenga, Ntagwabira said yesterday that he believes the squad will compete to win many trophies this season.
“I just have to double the club’s training and enhance their physical capacity. Otherwise, I think we are in contention of the league title this season,” Ntagwabira said.
Elsewhere, Rayon Sport earned a slim 1-0 victory over Electrogaz at Nyamirambo stadium. New Signing Peter Kagabo’s 15th-minute strike earned the Blues maximum points.
Earlier on Saturday, APR and Atraco recorded vital wins in the opening matches of the 2009/10 national football league.
The ten-time league champion APR thrashed nipped Police 3-2 despite missing most of its influential players at Mumena stadium.
New signing Lwamba Bebeto and a brace from veteran striker Bokota Labama rescued the military side from the wrath of Police. Abdul Karim Gashugi and Eric Yirirwahandi scored the goals for Police.
Atraco beat Marines 2-1 courtesy of Jabir Mutarambirwa and Uganda Cranes influential midfielder Johnson Bagoole.
Mukura were beaten 2-0 by AS Kigali at Nyamirambo stadium.