AS Kigali 2-1 Police FC
APR FC 0-1 Rayon Sports
Azam Rwanda Premier League champions, Rayon Sports defeated ten-man APR 1-0 on the final day of the 2017 Agaciro Development Fund tournament played on Saturday afternoon at Amahoro National Stadium.
Former APR full back Eric Kamotera Rutanga converted a free kick in the 87th minute after APR captain Helve Rugwiro brought down striker Shassir Nahimana near the edge of Rayon Sports 18-year box.
“I am happy to win the game and also win my first trophy in my coaching career. This is big motivation going forward, now we are going to prepare for next week’s Super Cup,” Rayon Sports head coach Olivier Karekezi said after the match.
His opposite number Jimmy Mulisa of APR FC said, “We lost concentration in the last minute and we were one man down, which made it very difficult for us. We wanted to win but we didn’t, only one team can win.”
The 2017 Peace Cup holders, APR were reduced to ten players after midfielder Muhadjir Hakizimana received a second booking in the 75th minute.
Rayon Sports took the trophy and Rfw3m in cash prize while APR, who finished in second place, took Rwf2m and third-placed AS Kigali went home with Rwf1million.
Rayon Sports dominated the proceedings where they got about six good scoring chances but failed to use them. They had the ball in the back of the net in the fifth minute but ruled out for offside.
Djihad Bizimana and Onesme Twizerimana for APR, and Bonfils Bimenyimana and Olivier Seif Niyonzima were booked for Rayon Sports.
Since 1995, both sides have met 79 times in official matches with Rayon Sports winning 24 and APR 32 while the other 23 matches have ended in draws.
Meanwhile, new signing Frank Kalanda scored twice in the first and nine minutes for AS Kigali as they beat Police FC 2-1 in the early kick off, while Rwanda international forward Abeddy Biramahire netted for Police in the 43rd minute.
The four-team tournament organized by the local football governing body, FERWAFA, as part of raising funds towards the Agaciro Development Fund, the country’s sovereign wealth fund.
Police FC, who were the defending champions having won the first edition staged in 2015, finished this year’s championship with three consecutive defeats.
Top scorer: Frank Kalanda 2 goals (AS Kigali) Rwf100,000).
Best goalkeeper: Eric ‘Bakame’ Ndayishimiye (Rayon Sports) Rwf100,000
Promising player: Martin Fabrice Twizeyimana (APR FC) Rwf100,000).
Best player: Yannick Mukunzi (Rayon Sports) Rw100,000).