Rayon eye Sunrise victory to close gap on leaders APR

Ahead of their home clash against Sunrise, Rayon Sports are third-placed with 37 points from 17 games, four points adrift of champions APR.
Rayon Sports coach Roberto Oliveira shouts instructions to his players during the 2018 Peace Cup final against Mukura at Kigali Stadium. / Sam Ngendahimana

Friday
Rayon vs Sunrise 15:30
Amagaju vs Espoir 15:30
Bugesera vs Mukura 15:30

Rayon Sports coach Roberto Oliveira has fired warning to Sunrise that his men will ‘fight with all they got’ for victory when the two Azam Rwanda Premier League rivals go head-to-head on Friday afternoon at Kigali Stadium.

While the visitors will be on the hunt for their first victory over the ‘Blues’ in six matches, Rayon Sports will be looking to build on their last week’s 3-0 win over Mukura for another three points that would lift them to one point within leaders APR who play away to Kirehe on Saturday.

Ahead of their home clash against Justin Bisengimana’s side, Rayon are third-placed with 37 points from 17 games, four points adrift of champions APR.

Speaking to Times Sport on Thursday, Brazilian tactician Roberto said that, “We (Rayon) have prepared well for the game and, all players are ready and fit. We won’t take any chances.”

But he cautioned: “No doubt the match is going to be tough, we have to work hard for the three points. The home advantage is no reason for complacent.”

By press time Thursday, injured midfielder Djabel Manishimwe was back in full training but Roberto was still unsure if he would use him against Sunrise.

On the other hand, sixth-placed Sunrise (25 points) will seek to bounce back against eight-time champions Rayon Sports after taking in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Gicumbi last week.

Elsewhere on Friday, second-placed Mukura travel to Nyamata grounds for a clash against Innocent Seninga’s Bugesera, while Amagaju host Espoir at Nyagisenyi Stadium in Nyamagabe.

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