Rayon Sports, APR FC Super Cup game called off

The Super Cup game between league champions Rayon Sports and Peace Cup winners APR FC was called off in the 63rd minute Saturday night due to power failure at Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu.
Pierrot Kwizera (#23) and Ismaila Diarra scored Rayon Sports' two goals before the match was called off due to power failure at Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu. / Courtesy
Pierrot Kwizera (#23) and Ismaila Diarra scored Rayon Sports' two goals before the match was called off due to power failure at Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu. / Courtesy

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Rayon Sports 2-0 APR FC (63rd minute)

The Super Cup game between league champions Rayon Sports and Peace Cup winners APR FC was called off in the 63rd minute Saturday night due to power failure at Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu.

 

Referee Abdul Twagirumukiza called off the game after a delay that lasted 30 minutes—by the time the game was stopped due to darkness, Rayon Sports were leading 2-0 and seemed destined for a second successive victory over their archrivals that they also beat 1-0 to win the Agaciro Cup last weekend.

 

Despite efforts from the stadium manager, Rwanda Energy Group (REG) and Rubavu District authorities to resolve the issue, it was not possible to have the lights powered again for the game to resume.

 

According to FERWAFA officials, the Competitions Commission will sit on Monday to take a final decision on when the game will be replayed.

As stipulated by the FERWAFA Super Cup and FERWAFA Competitions Regulations, the Competitions Commission must sit in 48 hours from when the game was called off, to take a final decision.

Rwanda Football Federation  (FERWAFA) president Vincent Nzamwita said the (full) game will be replayed at the same stadium but referees, Competition Commission, Rayon Sports, APR and sponsors Azam will be involved in taking the final decision.

During the game, power went off twice in first half went for ten minute while in second half went down about 30 minutes.

"It was a technical problem due to stadium internal power installation. When power went off, technicians tried to rectify the problem but it failed. The full game will have to be played but the final decision will be taken on Monday," FERWAFA president, Nzamwita said Saturday night.

New signing Ismaila Diarra gave Rayon Sports the lead in the 34th minute off an assist by Burundian international midfielder Pierrot Kwizera, who went on to score the second goal with powerful header in the 62nd minute off a cross from Eric Rutanga on the left wing.

APR had their chances to score through Issa Bigirimana, Muhadjir Hakizimana and Maxime Sekamana but they failed to hit the target.

The game serves as a curtain-raiser for the 2017/18 league season scheduled to kick off on September 29.

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