HARUNA Niyonzima and Jean Baptist Mugiraneza ‘Migi’ have agreed new contracts with league defending champions APR.
Niyonzima, who played for Rayon Sport before crossing over to the military side had been linked with a possible move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
The swift winger had a three-week professional trial stint with the side and had been expected to join the club after rumours that he had passed the trials but it is now definite that the 20-year-old is going no where.
A close source to APR revealed that the pair had been offered improved deals to keep them at the club.
“It is a big step by the club because they (players) are crucial to the club’s long-term plans,” said APR’s Secretary General Adolphe Kalisa.
“We were always confident that they would stay with us. They are quality players and we know that they will play a key role for us next season,” he said.
APR have kept themselves very busy in the transfer market ahead of what they have called a demanding 2009/10 season.
In the past week, the club has brought in four players; Jean Luc Ndayishimiye ‘Bakame’ (Atraco), Omar Hitimana (Uganda’s KCC), Rodriquez Murengezi (Mukura) and Amavubi midfielder Albert Ngabo. Ngabo who joined from arch-rivals Rayon Sport signed a two-year deal worth Rwf11.3m.
Meanwhile, APR head coach Erik Paske is expected to resume his duties this week.
The Dutch, who guided the military side to a tenth league title after piping Atraco on the final day, had flown back to his native Holland for a brief vacation.