Goran calls for ‘total focus’ in last five games

Police FC maintained their hunt for their first ever league title after thumping bottom side Etincelles 5-0 on Sunday to remain one point behind leaders Rayon Sport with five games remaining.
Meddie Kagere (left) and Peter Kagabo (right) have formed a formidable partnership since the former returned to Police in January. The New Times / T. Kisambira
Meddie Kagere (left) and Peter Kagabo (right) have formed a formidable partnership since the former returned to Police in January. The New Times / T. Kisambira

Sunday
Muhanga    2-1     Marines
Etincelles    0-5    Police

Saturday
Amagaju    0-0    APR
Espoir     0-0    AS Kigali
Musanze     2-1     La Jeunesse
Isonga     2-1     Mukura
Kiyovu    1-2    Rayon

Police FC maintained their hunt for their first ever league title after thumping bottom side Etincelles 5-0 on Sunday to remain one point behind leaders Rayon Sport with five games remaining.

Playing a day after Rayon had won 2-1 against Kiyovu on Saturday at Amahoro stadium, the onus was on Goran Kopunovic’s team to either win and stay in the race or drop points and hand the Blues the initiative.

However, thanks to goals from Meddie Kagere, Innocent Habyarimana and Peter Kagabo, Police kept their hopes alive.

After the match, Police coach Goran expressed delight at his team’s performance but maintained that they need to win their remaining five games and see what happens at the end of the season.

“We need total focus between now and end of the season and  avoid making any mistakes that could cost us the title,” the Serb told Times Sport.

He added: “We are in the (title) race, with only one point behind Rayon Sport and all we need is to win all our remaining matches and hope that they (Rayon) falter so that we can take advantage, everything is possible.”

Rayon Sport lead the league standing with 45 points, one better than second-placed Police and a further nine points ahead of the reigning champions APR FC.

 Rayon Sport came from behind to beat their traditional rivals Kiyovu on Saturday 2-1 with Burundian international winger Fuadi Ndayisenga scoring both goals.

French coach Didier Gomes Da Roza said afterwards: “We need to stay focused to the title, which means we need to be well prepared in the remaining matches.”

“It is going to be tough in the last five games, but this is the time we must show our true strength and character,” he noted.

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