APR beat Congolese AS Vita to win Pre-season tournament

Rwandan national football league champions APR FC have won the inaugural AS Kigali Pre-season Tournament after defeating AS Vita Club 1-0 in the final played on Saturday at Amahoro National Stadium.

New signing Onesme Twizerimana netted the lone goal of the match in the very last minute of extra time following a swift counter attack, which the former AS Kigali striker lashed on before curling the ball past AS Vita goalkeeper and sent the whole stadium into wild celebrations.

AS Vita Club started strongly and dominated the game in the early stages but did not cause APR goalie Emery Nvuyekure too many problems while APR looked very dangerous on counter attacks.

Just nine minutes into the match, Florent Ibenge’s team had the first chance to break the deadlock through their new signing Ernest Sugira, who saw his powerful shot fly over the cross bar.

Meanwhile, in the third-place playoff, Rayon Sports hammered SC Kiyovu 3-0, thanks to Malian striker Moussa Camara’s brace in the 33rd and 40th before Burundian import Shassir Nahimana added the third goal in the 63rd minute.

On top of the trophy, APR FC walked away with a cash prize of Rwf5 million while AS Vita Club took Rwf3 million and Rayon Sports pocketed Rwf2 million after early beat old rival Kiyovu Sport 3-0.

The ten-day tournament that started on September 6, attracted eight clubs that includes organizers AS Kigali, SC Kiyovu, Rayon Sports, APR, Sunrise FC and Police FC from Rwanda plus AS Vita Club and Dauphins Noir from DR Congo.

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Théogène U

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