Muhanga Vs APR 15:30
Mukura Vs Marines 15:30
Espoir Vs AS Kigali 15:30
Sunrise Vs Kirehe 15:30
Rayon 3-1 Musanze
RAYON Sports came from a 1-0 first-half deficit to secure a comfortable 3-1 win over Musanze at Kigali Stadium on Friday, and extend their lead at the top of the Azam Rwanda Premier League table to four points.
However, the lead could be narrowed back to a solitary point should APR overcome AS Muhanga at Muhanga Stadium on Saturday.
Ghana-born striker Michael Sarpong scored the second goal during the 3-1 victory
After this weekend's round of matches there will be two more rounds to the end of season.
On Friday, the visitors took a shock first-half lead just before the break after Rayon centre-back and team captain Thierry Manzi failed to mark Musanze forward Patrick Musombwa, who would set up teammate Cedric Mugenzi for an easy finish against helpless goalie Andre Mazimpaka.
But Emmanuel Ruremesha’s men could not hold onto their lead for long as Manzi leveled just four minutes after recess, and then Michael Sarpong put the hosts ahead in the 59th minute with a strong header off a curling cross from Manzi on the right flank.
#BREAKING: Rayon come from a goal down to beat Musanze 3-1, and move four points clear at the top with two games left this season.— The New Times (Rwanda) (@NewTimesRwanda) May 17, 2019
Thierry Manzi, Michael Sarpong (pictured) and Djabel Manishimwe were the scorers. Cedric Mugenzi netted the consolation goal for Musanze. #RAYMUS pic.twitter.com/2sZajpFNfz
With the red outfit largely playing from their half, Rayon continued to control possession and their resistance was broken once more in the 67th minute with Djabel Manishimwe netting the third goal from a clever Fabrice Mugheni’s pass to seal the comeback victory.
Delighted Rayon Sports players join their fans in celebration after thumping Musanze 3-1 at Kigali Stadium
With five minutes to clock, the league’s leading scorer, Jules Ulimwengu, failed to put his name on the scorers’ sheet on the night after being denied by goalie Innocent Shema in a one-on-one duel having already rounded off defenders.
APR in catch-up play
In the meantime, APR head coach Zlatko Krmpotić has urged his players to collect maximum points on offer against AS Muhanga when the two sides square off this afternoon.
The military side, with 62 points, go into the tricky away encounter trailing Roberto Oliviera’s Rayon by four points, with only two match rounds left to the end of the season.
Rayon Sports' Brazilian coach Roberto Oliveira speaks to skipper Thierry Manzi after conceding just before the break
“Victory [against AS Muhanga] will help us keep within touching distance of the league leaders, it’s the only result that will keep us in the race. We are injury-free, and players understand well the delicate position we are in,” said Serbian tactician Zlakto.
This is how Rayon Sports lined up against Musanze
Musanze FC squad that started against Rayon Sports yesterday
Rayon Sports players appreciate the support of their fans after overcoming Musanze at Kigali Stadium yesterday
“It is important that we keep working hard and believing, we won’t give up until the last minute of the season. We have many good players and that presents us with several options.”
Elsewhere, on Saturday, Mukura host Marines at Huye Stadium, AS Kigali visit Espoir at Kamarampaka Stadium, in Rusizi, while Sunrise will be up against Kirehe at Nyagatare turf.
Rayon Sports diehards kneel for a prayer after their side went down 1-0 in the first-half
Musanze head coach Emmanuel Ruremesha shouts instructions to his players during the first-half
Musanze head coach Emmanuel Ruremesha celebrates his side's opener