Police hold APR in thriller

Police FC came from behind to force a 2-2 draw against table leaders APR in a thrilling National Football League encounter at the Kigali regional stadium yesterday.

Today
SC Kiyovu vs Musanze
AS Kigali vs Amagaju
Gicumbi vs Etincelles
Sunrise vs Isonga

Saturday
APR 2-2 Police
Espoir 0-0 Rayon Sports
Marines 0-2 Mukura

Police FC came from behind to force a 2-2 draw against table leaders APR in a thrilling National Football League encounter at the Kigali regional stadium yesterday. 

Striker Issa Bigirimana opened the scoring in the 10th minute to give the army side a lead.

In the 35th minute, Andrew Buteera won the ball in midfield before sending a long pass to Bigirimana who sent a through pass to Jean Claude Iranzi and the tricky winger made it 2-0 after beating the entire Police defense and goalkeeper Marcel Nzarora to slot a low pass into an open net.

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APR's Michel Rusheshangoga battles with Police left-back, Mwemere Ngirinshuti, during yesterday's league game at Kigali Regional Stadium. (S. Ngendahimana)

A minute later, Innocent Habyarimana orchestrated a run on the left flank and a well-timed cross into the box was picked up in mid air by an alert Jean Paul Niyonzima who headed it into the back of the net past APR goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera.

With renewed belief and confidence back into the law enforcers’ camp, Andre Cassa Mbungo’s side pushed forward in search of an equalizer, which dully arrived on the stroke of halt time when Imran Nshimiyimana headed the ball past the APR defense from a rebound after Kwizera had saved a corner kick.

Mbungo hailed his players for their determination and zeal to come back into the game despite conceding two early goals. He said, “We conceded two easy goals because of mistakes by our defense but I am really glad that the players fought hard and we equalized.”

APR interim head coach Vincent Mashami said, “This is the first time that we score two goals and a team comes back to equalize so it goes to show that we have to work hard on our concentration because a game is 90 minutes.”

In the other games, Espoir held Rayon Sports to a goalless draw in Rusizi, their ninth draw this season while Mukura defeated Marines 2-0 at the Tam Tam stadium in Rubavu.

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