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APR FC optimistic for 2017-18 season’s double

Posted on Jul 31 2018

After slumping Police FC to storm into semi-finals, nine-time Peace Cup winners APR have set target for a record-extending 10th title as they aim to add it to Azam Rwanda Premier League they have already won to compete a season’s double this year.

The military side sailed through to the round of last four after ejecting Police FC 3-0 in the return leg of the quarter-finals last Thursday at Amahoro Stadium.

APR won a record-extending 17th league title last month and now, according to APR coach Ljubomir ‘Ljupko’ Petrovic, attention has turned to Peace Cup.

“It is a great honor to win the (Peace Cup) title but we have a lot to work on, and to improve ahead of the semi-finals. We have had a good season, everyone was determined to perform to his best and bring pride to the club,” Petrovic told Times Sport on Monday.

After humiliating Police, Petrovic warned his players against complacency, insisting that, “We have to win a double this season, that’s our target. There is no room for complacency.”

APR goals were scored by Amran Nshimiyimana in the 28th minute, Fitina Omborenga in the 44th minute and Andrew Butera in the 55th minute, respectively.

The win means APR FC will be up against former league giants Mukura VS who defeated Amagaju 1-0 to reach semi-finals for the first time since 2009.

On the other hand, APR is on the quest to Peace Cup back-to-back for the first time since 2012.

Elsewhere in semi-finals, Rayon Sports will face Sunrise for a berth to the August 12 final.

According to the next semi-final fixtures released by FERWAFA, APR Fc is away to Mukura VS in the first leg due on August 3 at Stade de Kigali. Their return leg will be staged on August 8 at Stade Amahoro.

The other semi-final fixture between Sunrise FC and Rayon Sports will be staged on August 6 at Nyagatare grounds. The return leg between both teams is scheduled for August 9 at Stade de Kigali.

Eventual winners of the 2018 Peace Cup whose final is set for August 12, will – along with league champions APR – represent Rwanda in CAF competitions in 2019.

Should the military side win a Peace Cup and league double, AS Kigali will play in the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup as Azam Rwanda Premier League’s first runners-up.

Peace Cup semi-final Round
First Leg Fixtures
August 3, 2018

Mukura VS vs APR FC (Stade Huye)

August 6
Sunrise FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Nyagatare)

Return Leg
August 8

APR FC vs Mukura VS (Stade Amahoro)

August 9
Rayon Sports FC vs Sunrise FC (Stade de Kigali)

August 12
Final/Third-Place

Source: Newtimes.co.rw|Additional Info: Ferwafa.rw


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