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Nyamirambo Stadium bursting at the seams as APR edge out Rayon in passion-filled ‘Kigali Derby’

Police also sailed to Friday afternoon’s semi-finals where they will meet APR, a team that won the Kagame Cup in 2004, 2007 and 2010

2014 Cecafa Kagame Cup:

Tuesday, Aug 19:


Police (Rwanda) 0-0 [9-8, pen] Atletico (Burundi)

Rayon (Rwanda) 2-2 [3-4, pen] APR (Rwanda)

(Rayon – 12. Bertrand Yossa, 39’; 11. Fuadi Ndayisenga (45+1); APR – 24. Michel Ndikumana, 13’; 27. Herve Rubwiro, 49’)


VISITORS to Rwanda witnessed the full passion in the country’s huge soccer “derby” when Rayon Sport and APR contested the quarter-finals of the Cecafa Kagame Cup Club Championship on Tuesday.

The Kigali Regional Stadium in Nyamirambo was full to the rafters by the time these two giants took the pitch at 5pm. This was culmination of what had started at 2.30pm when, first, another Rwandan side, Police faced Burundi’s Atletico in another quarters tie.

Newly appointed Ministers, Joe Habineza of Sports and Culture and James Kabarebe of Defence – sworn in by President Paul Kagame on Monday — led hundreds of dignitaries and thousands of Rwandans at the stadium to cheer on an epic double-header.

Dramatic kicks

The majority are those who saw their beloved Rayon Sport bow out of the competition after being edged out 4-3 on penalty shoot-out by the illustrious APR after a 2-2 tie in regulation time.

Earlier, Police a recently emerging power in Rwanda football, also edged Atletico of Burundi 9-8 dramatic kicks following a 0-0 score in 90 minutes.

Blew chance

The draw had charted out the course for the possibility of an unprecedented all-Rwanda Final but to the despair of local followers, APR blew the chance by failing to top their Group ‘B’ in the preliminaries.

If they had, they would have gone to the lower half of the knock-out, avoiding Rwanda opposition until the Final.

The crucial match that stopped APR was the 0-1 loss to Uganda’s KCCA [Kampala Capital City Authority] on Sunday.

Police 0-0 [9-8] Atletico

 A very polished Police side was forced to labour to near total exhaustion by a tactical Atletico as the heavy odds to win for the Rwanda team were thrown out of the window.

It was Atletico goalie Emedi Kandolo Akimana, ironically announced man-of-the-match at the end, who failed with his last kick of the shoot-out for the Burundians as all 22 men on the pitch were called upon to aim from the spot.


Atletico men Fabrice Twagizimana and Jacques Tuyisenge were the other kickers who failed to convert while for Police it was Hassan Bukuru and Dieudonné Issa who wasted their efforts.

Police sailed to Friday afternoon’s semi-finals where they will meet APR, a team that won the Kagame Cup in 2004, 2007 and 2010. Police had never taken part previously.


POLICE – 27. Marcel Nzorora: 18. Moussa Mutuyimana (captain), 17. Peter Kagabo, 8. Gabriel Mugabo, 3. Mwemere Ngirinshuti (4. Frederick Ndaka, 85′), 6. Fabrice Twagizimana, 2. Imran Nshimiyimana (24. Eric Ngendahimana, 26’), 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 26. Jerome Sina, 14. Kipson Atuheire (10. Moussa Habimana, 66′), 20. Jimmy Mbaraga

Reserves not used – 22. Steve Ntaribi (gk), Jean-Bosco Uwacu, 13. Jean D’Amour Uwimana, 15. Abdoul Nshiyimana

Coach – Andre Casa Mbungo (Rwanda)

ATLETICO – 26. Emedi Kandolo Akimana: 3. Francis Nongwe – captain (13. Ramadhan Niragira, 37’), 4. Hassan Bukuru, 14. Patient Muhuza, 15. Hassan Hakizimana, 6. Tresor Mubango, 8. Noah Akanakimana, 11. Tresor Akimana (2. Fiston Nzomukunda, 83′), 20. Dieudonné Issa, 10. Tonton Hakizimana, 12. Alexis Kitenge Hakizimana (7. Zacharie Hakizimana, 76′)

Reserves not used – 23. Saidi Nduwimana (gk), 17. Andre Tokoto Nduwimana, 16. Kevin Raoul Mpawenimana, 9. Fabrice Sinzinkayo

Coach – Cedric Kaze (Burundi)

Referee – Anthony Ogwayo (Kenya)

Assistant ref – Mussie Kinde (Ethiopia)

Asst ref – Tony Kidiya (Kenya)

Fourth official – Israel Mujuni (Tanzania)

Match commissioner – Dr Patrick Ogwel (Uganda)

Referees’ inspector – Charles Masembe (Uganda)

Media officer – Rogers Mulindwa (Uganda)

Rayon 2-2 [8-9] APR

Michel Ndahinduka gave APR the lead, smashing in a volley with his right foot from six yards after a failed attempt by Rayon to defend a 13th minute corner.

And from a corner too, Rayon replied in the 39th minute from a Bertrand Yossa header. Then in one minute of the half’s added time, Fuadi Ndayisenga scored a stunning goal from long range.


The stadium was astonished to see APR ‘keeper Olivier rooted to his feet as Ndayisenge’s ball torpedoed towards him and made no move as it hit the net behind him. But apparently with a floodlight glare in his face, Kwizera was blinded and could not see the ball in flight from almost 40 metres off.

The goal may have tilted the balance in the voting the Rayon skipper man-of-the-match award but the result should have spoilt his party.

Just four minutes after the start of the second half, Herve Rubwiro headed APR level and from then on it was a dogged fight to the end.

Slot winner

In the shoot-out Fuadi was one of those to fail to score. He was unsuccessful with the fifth kick, and then Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza stepped up to slot the winner for APR. James Tubane for Rayon and APR skipper, Ismael Nshutinamagara had missed the opening penalties for their sides.

The other scorers were: Rayon – Gentil Salita Kambale, Abouba Sibomana and Govin Mutombo; APR – Yannick Mukunzi, Charles Tibingana and Eric Rutanga.


RAYON SPORT – 32. Luc Ndayishimiye: 11. Fuadi Ndayisenga (captain), 3. Karim Nizigiyimana, 6. Abouba Sibomana, 2. Arafat Serugendo, 13. James Tubane, 5. Hussein Sibomana (14. Govin Mutombo), 10. Robert Ndatimana, 12. Bertrand Yossa, 9. Gentil Salita Kambale, 17. Koffi Gueli (20. Leon Uwambazimana, 20’)

Reserves not used – 30. Gerald Bikorimana (gk), 18. Moses Kanamugire, 23. Alype Majyambere, 16. Yao “Zico” Sekle, 7. Aphrodis Hategekimana

Scorers – 12. Bertrand Yossa (39’), 11. Fuadi Ndayisenga (45’)

Coach – Jean Francois Losciuto (Belgium)

APR – 1. Olivier Kwizera: 13. Ismael Nshutinamagara, 27. Herve Rubwiro, 3. Albert Ngabo, 22. Michel Rusheshangoga, 7. Jean Baptista Mugiraneza, 15. Andrew Buteera, 18. Djamal Mwiseneza (1. Charles Tibingana, 75’), 12. Jean-Claude Iranzi (23. Eric Rutanga), 24. Michel Ndahinduka, 9. Bernabe Mubumbyi (6. Yannick Mukunzi, 48’)

Reserves not used – 21. Umar Rwabugiri (gk), 16. Tumaine Ntamuhanga, 11. Patrick Sibomana, 25. Isaie Songa

Scorers – 24. Michel Ndikumana (13’), 27. Herve Rubwiro (49’)

Coach – Ljubomir Petrovic (Serbia)

Referee – Alex Muhabi (Uganda)

Assistant ref – Mohammed Ibrahim (Sudan)

Asst ref – Musa Balikoowa (Uganda)

Fourth official – Andrew Otieno (Kenya)

Match commissioner – Amir Hassan (Uganda)

Referees’ inspector – Amed Ali (Somalia)

Media officer – Rogers Mulindwa (Uganda)