Kirehe stare relegation in face

Kirehe FC players look dejected after suffering a 2-0 defeat to APR at Kigali Stadium last October. Sam Ngendahimana.

Saturday

Musanze Vs Kirehe

SECOND from bottom Kirehe FC will be seeking to upset Musanze when the Azam Rwanda Premier League resumes Saturday.

The game will kick-off 3:30pm, at Ubworoherane Stadium.

Kirehe, with just 17 points from 22 matches, along with bottom side Amagaju, are likely to be relegated to the second division unless one or both of them do something about their current form between now and end of the season.

However, after a two-week’s break, Kirehe head coach Hamis Kishi Sogonya believes his team can still survive the drop, but only, if they turn their fortunes around.

Sogonya’s men will have an uphill task to snatch maximum points from the hosts Musanze, 13th-placed with 23 points, who also seek to boost their safety from relegation scare.

“It will be a tough match but we are optimistic, we are going for a win. I have told the players that we must double our effort if we are to avoid relegation,” Sogonya told Times Sport on Tuesday.

Should Kirehe edge Musanze, they will swap positions with now-14th-placed Gicumbi courtesy of a superior goal difference, with both sides level at 20 points.

As for Musanze, who are six points clear of the relegation zone, victory over Kirehe would push them closer to the middle of the table teams and further increase their hopes of staying in top division.

Musanze will be without their coaches Emmanuel Ruremesha who was suspended by his own club, for four matches, due to poor performance, while his assistant coach Mbweki Tariki Todek will also not be on the touch-line as he was red-carded in their last game.

Goalkeeping coach Charles ‘Macari’ Hakizimana will be in charge of the team against Kirehe.

“I think we have had enough time to prepare and address the mistakes that cost us valuable points, the game [against Kirehe] is a must-win,” said Hakizimana.

“Kirehe are a good team, we will not take them lightly.”

Kirehe sit in the 15th place on the 16-team table, two points ahead of bottom side Amagaju and three adrift of Gicumbi who host fourth-placed SC Kiyovu on Sunday.

TABLE

No       Team            PG    W      D       L       GF    GA    GD    PTS

1          APR             22     17      03      02     35     09      26      54

2          Rayon          22     15      03      04     32     12      20      48

3          Mukura        22     13      06      03     27     15      12      45

4          Kiyovu         22     11      05      06     26     14      12      38

5          Police           22     10      04      08     30     25      05      34

6          Espoir          22     09      04      09     26     28      -2       31

7          AS Kigali     22     07      08      07     28     20      08      29

8          Muhanga    22     07      08      07     32     27      05      29

9          Sunrise        22     07      06      09     22     24      -2       27

10        Marines       22     06      08      08     18     19      -1       26

11        Etincelles    22     07      03      12     21     25      -4       24

12        Bugesera    22     05      09      08     18     29      -11     24

13        Musanze     22     06      05      11     17     27      -10     23

14        Gicumbi      22     05      03      12     13     35      -22     20

15        Kirehe          22     03      08      11     09     26      -17     17

16      Amagaju        22       04       03        15      17       38      -21     15

 

editor@newtimesrwanda.com

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