• After edging Etincelles in the MTN Peace Cup
MTN Peace Cup
Atraco 2-1 Etincelles
DEFENDING champions Atraco remained on course of retaining their MTN Peace Cup title following yesterday’s 2-1 win over Etincelles at Nyamirambo’s Regional stadium.
An own goal from Etincelles defender Protegene Rukundo and another strike from Daddy Birori set up what is expected to be a thrilling semi-final clash with Rayon Sport.
It is expected to be a stimulating encounter as Sam Timbe lines up his guns against Rayon now coached by his former assistant Emmanuel Ruremesha.
Ruremesha was entrusted with the Blues job following Jean Baptista Kayiranga’s resignation in mid-April.
On Saturday, Rayon boosted their chances of lifting a record ninth Peace Cup title after trouncing bitter rivals SC Kiyovu 2-0.
Second half strikes from skipper Albert Nyumbayire and Aphrodise Hategikimana separated the sides and boosted the side’s confidence ahead of this year’s Kagame Cup.
Throughout the game, Rayon looked more comfortable on the ball and could have taken an early lead in the first half but Jerome Sina hit the cross bar from the penalty spot after a foul on Yusuf Ndayishimiye.
Theoneste Muhayimana wasted another opportunity at the stroke of half time but mid way through the second half, Nyumbayire fired in a long range shot to give his side a well deserved lead.
Six minutes later, the Blues doubled their lead after a defense mix-up in the Kiyovu back line allowed Hategekimana to tap in from close range.
At Kicukiro, Electrogaz set up a semi-final clash with APR after edging last year’s finalists Mukura on penalties (4-3) following a 1-all draw in normal time.
At Mumena, APR stormed the last four after a 2-0 victory over AS Kigali. The goals were scored by Emmanuel Sebanani and the in-form Vincent Nyirenda.