Musanze make light of Gakenke to lift Football for All League title

Musanze Amputee Club beat Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle to reach the finals of this year. Courtesy.

Football for All National League came to a close with Musanze making light of Gakenke to lift the trophy in Musanze District on Sunday.

The game ended 12-0 in favour of Musanze with striker Jean Claude Ndahiro netting four goals before the break and was awarded for being the top scorer of with a total 12 goals.

Hamidu Ayinzira put his name on the score sheet with two strikes in the second half, while Fedeli Gatete and Patrick Imana Irutabyose added in a brace and hat-trick respectively.

Gatete was rewarded with a trophy for fair play while Gakenke finished runner-up.

Speaking during the awards ceremony, National Amputee Football body president Odyssey Rugwiro thanked the sponsors, Germany embassy, fans, and teams for their contribution.

“You continue playing football to demonstrate that even with disability you can do something to make you happy and earn a living from the sport,” he said.

Rugwiro added: “The other reason is to bring all persons with disabilities together to demonstrate their hope for the future and prove that life is not lost.”

He explained that the new season kicked off on this day because “we want the final to take place on the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disability” due December 3.

In the opening game of the new season, Kigali Football For All team drew 3-3 with Vision of Rubavu.

Eight teams placed in two groups will feature in the new season namely:  Division 1; Kigali, Musanze, Rubavu, and Gakenke. The teams in the second pool include Bugesera, Kayonza, and Kilindi.

Football for All is football of persons with disabilities. Most of the players lost their limbs during the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.

The sport is played with seven players on each team, six outfield players and one goalkeeper. Outfield players have lower extremity amputation, while goalkeepers have an upper extremity amputation.

Outfield players use soft strands (forearm) crutches and play without their prosthesis. A game is played for 50 minutes – instead of the normal 90 for the able-bodied players – with each half lasting 25 minutes.

It is approved by the international Football governing body, Fifa.

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