Battle for Peace last two heats upSemifinal: First leg

Saturday

AS Kigali    vs     APR

Sunday

Bugesera FC     vs     Muhanga FC

Rwanda’s best four clubs APR, AS Kigali, AS Muhanga and Bugesera start battle for the final in the Peace Cup against Malaria semi final which start on Saturday in Kigali.

Defending champions face a hilly task against AS KIgali at Kicukiro turf while on Sunday AS Muhanga will play away to Bugesera in the first leg of the semi finals.

APR German coach Andreas Spiers said on Friday, “We are totally focused on Saturday’s crucial game. We have to win the Peace Cup title this year,”

“We lost the mid week Primus league tie against La Jeunesse and this was a disappointment but we have since moved from this depression,” said Spiers.

Spiers added that they will respect AS Kigali but their mission will be to find the net and score with a big margin ahead of the second leg.

AS Kigali coach Andrew Gasambungo said in a statement, “The mission is quite well-win the game with a bigger margin and and eliminate APR FC to reach the final,”

After knocking out giants Rayon Sports in the last sixteen round and Vision FC in the last eight, Bugesera FC are also focusing on seeing off Muhanga FC in the semifinal of this year’s Peace Cup against Malaria.

Still recovering from the disappointment of missing out promotion to the Primus national league on the expense of Gicumbi FC last weekend, Bugesera want to make up with a place in the final of the knockout competition.

The Eastern Province second division side take on top flight opponents Muhanga on Sunday in the first leg at Kicukiro artificial turf.

Bugesera’s failure to gain promotion cost coach Camalade Banamwana his job and his assistant coach Fidele Hakizimana was appointed to replace him. Hakizimana said, “We know it is not going to be easy but we are ready and determined to make it to the final.”

“We are still feeling depressed because we didn’t manage to qualify for next season’s Primus national league but this is football, these things happen. We shall try again next year,” he stated. About Sunday’s game, he said, “This is a good chance for us.

Muhanga also have a busy schedule which will make it hard for them to prepare well four the tie.

Both teams have some similarities in their recent performances where Muhanga were beaten mercilessly 6-1 by Rayon Sports and Bugesera lost 1-2 to Gicumbi at their home ground in the second division semifinal second leg. In the other semi-final AS Kigali will take on holders APR on Saturday at Kigali de Kigali, Nyamirambo.

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