Title race still open as APR seeks to end Rayon’s unbeaten run


The day for Rwanda’s soccer archrivals, APR FC and Rayon Sports, has arrived. And verbal tempers between supporters have started as both teams get ready to face off in Saturday’s Azam Rwanda Premier League clash at Amahoro National Stadium at 3 pm.

Rayon is yet to lose a single league game while the opposing side lost once during a recent 2-1 defeat against AS Kigali two weeks ago.

However, The Blues should feel APR’s threat to the trophy as Jimmy Mulisa’s side, which are on a training camp in Rubavu after their last weekend’s win over Marines, need a win to go level on points to cool down Rayon’s hopes of lifting the 2016-17 league title since they last won it in 2013.

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APR will be without key players including midfielder Muhadjiri Hakizimana who is sidelined off the pitch for six weeks while Juma Masoudi’s players are all fit to play the game, despite facing the challenge on who he will drop between Fabrice Mugheni, striker Mousa Camara, Burundian midfield maestros Pierrot Kwizera and current league leading scorer Shassir Nahimana, as he is only allowed to take three non-locals in his 18 list line-up.

Players and staffs from both sides say they will have no excuse of losing the game as they are all prepared to lock horns this weekend as Rayon Sports is looking to extend their winning run while APR need three point to close the gap and enter the league title race.

Last season, the match between both sides ended goalless in the first leg while Rayon Sports won the second leg on 4-0 against the army side, thanks to former striker Davis Kasirye’s hat trick and another from Diarra.

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However, APR got the revenge over the Blues during the City of Kigali’s pre-season Tour, winning the game 3-0 where they went on to win the trophy.

The rendez-vous is at Amahoro Stadium on Soturday, as the two teams come from Rubavu and Rugende training camps, respectively, for the highly anticipated and most popular match in the league history during the last 14 years.

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