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ARPL: Six clubs register opening wins as Rayon, AS Kigali stumble

Posted on Oct 01 2017

Amagaju, Etincelles, APR Fc, Gicumbi, Amagaju, Marines and SC Kiyovu got off to a bright start on the opening day of the Azam Rwanda Premier League as AS Kigali frustrated defending champions Rayon Sport to share spoils.

The 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier league got underway over the weekend with all 16 clubs playing their first matches of the season.

On Saturday, Peace Cup holders APR Fc edged Sunrise Fc 2-0 at Stade de Kigali with Issa Bigirimana and Hakizimana Muhadjir scoring crucial goals for the military side to earn them crucial maximum points.

In Rubavu District, hosts Etincelles Fc thrashed Police Fc 3-1 courtesy of a brace from Kambale Salita Gentil while Niyonsenga Ibrahim scored the other piece. Police’s consolation goal was scored by new signing Iradukunda Bertrand.

In Northern Province, hosts Gicumbi Fc registered a bright start to the season as they defeated visitors Espoir Fc 2-1 while Rashid Mutebi ensured an optimistic start for Mukura VS as they played Kirehe Fc away in Kirehe district.

Action continued on Sunday as defending champions Rayon Sports were denied maximum points following a 89th minute heartbreaking strike from AS Kigali’s right back Eric Iradukunda which canceled Bimenyimana Caleb’s first half goal scored via a spot kick in the 42nd minute, leaving both sides to settle for a 1-all draw.

Elsewhere, new league entrants Miroplast Fc suffered a 1-2 loss to visitors Marines Fc; SC Kiyovu defeated Musanze Fc 1-0 thanks to Nova Ramadhan’s quickest goal of the season scored in the first minute.

Southern Province side Amagaju Fc thrashed Bugesera Fc 3-1 at Kicukiro stadium with Amani Mugisho, Ndizeye Innocent and Shabban Hussein Tchabalala scoring vital goals for the visitors while the home side secured their consolation goal courtesy of Nigerian import Samson Ikechukwu.

After match day one, Amagaju Fc and Etincelles Fc topple the standings with three points each followed by APR Fc, Gicumbi Fc, Marines Fc, Mukura VS and SC Kiyovu respectively.

AS Kigali and Rayon Sports Fc stand in eighth and ninth slots with one point each while Kirehe Fc, Musanze Fc, Espoir Fc, Miroplast Fc, Sunrise Fc, Bugesera Fc and Police Fc occupy the remaining slots.

Eight matches played on opening day of the season produced 20 goals with Etincelles Fc striker Kambale Salita Gentil snatching a double to lead the goal scoring chart with two goals.

ARPL 2017/18, Match Day 1

APR FC 2-0 Sunrise FC
Etincelles 3-1 Police FC
Gicumbi FC 2-1 Espoir Fc
Kirehe FC 0-1 Mukura VS

Bugesera Fc 1-3 Amagaju Fc
Miroplast Fc 1-2 Marines Fc
SC Kiyovu 1-0 Musanze Fc
Rayon Sports 1-1 AS Kigali
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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