Local football league returns after commemoration break

The national football league returns this weekend after the 23rd commemoration week in honour of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The big game of matchday 23 will pit defending champions APR FC against Sunrise FC at Nyagatare ground on Saturday.
Sunrise FC, who host APR on Saturday, lost their last league match against Rayon Sports 3-1 at Stade de Kigali on March 30. / Sam Ngendahimana
Sunrise FC, who host APR on Saturday, lost their last league match against Rayon Sports 3-1 at Stade de Kigali on March 30. / Sam Ngendahimana

Saturday
SC Kiyovu vs Etincelles 3:30pm
Police FC vs Pepinieres
Sunrise FC vs APR FC
Amagaju vs Bugesera
Espoir vs Kirehe FC

Sunday
Mukura vs Marines 3:30pm
Musanze vs AS Kigali

 

The national football league returns this weekend after the 23rd commemoration week in honour of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

 

The big game of matchday 23 will pit defending champions APR FC against Sunrise FC at Nyagatare ground on Saturday.

 

Jimmy Mulisa’s team are in second place with 44 points, 11 behind leaders Rayon Sports, who will be playing against Rivers United of Nigeria in the play-off round of the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Sunrise, under former Police FC coach Andre Casa Mbungo, are eighth with 26 points.

The match between second from bottom Gicumbi FC and Rayon Sports has been postponed and that means that APR will be eager to cut the gap to eight points.

Elsewhere, third-placed Police FC will host league bottom side Pepiniere FC at Kicukiro stadium, while AS Kigali, who are fourth, level on 43 points with Police, will be away to fifth-placed Musanze FC on Sunday.

Aloys Kanamugire’s SC Kiyovu, struggling in 13th place with 22 points, four above the relegation zone, face ninth-placed Etincelles (26 points) at Mumena stadium on Saturday. Sixth-ranked Bugesera FC will travel to Nyamagabe to take on Amagaju, who are in 10th position.

Mukura Victory Sports (12th) will host third from bottom Marines FC at Huye Stadium. Victory for Marines would see them leapfrog Kiyovu while Mukura will need to win to go five points clear of the relegation zone.

With eight league matches remaining, Rayon Sports, who have only lost once – against APR – this season, have now won 17 matches, five more wins than their archrivals have managed.

APR have a real fight on their hands to keep the second place as Police FC and AS Kigali are lurking just one point behind.

Pepiniere FC, who have won just twice all season, are bottom with 12 points, while Gicumbi FC have 18 points from four wins and six draws.

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