Police in a make or break rivalry

Police FC Coach,Sam Ssimbwa

TKFL, Saturday

Rayon Sports vs. Police [Amahoro]

Etincelles vs. Marines [Umuganda]

AS Kigali vs. AS Muhanga [Sitade ya Kigali]

Sunday

APR FC vs. Gicumbi [Sitade ya Kigali]

Mukura VC vs. Esperance [Kamena]

Musanze vs. Espoir [Ubworoherane]

Kiyovu Sports vs.Amagaju [Mumena]

AFTER boasting for more than two weeks as to who will emerge the winner in today’s Turbo King Football League match between archrivals Rayon Sports and Police, the time of truth has come when the two sides meet in the first leg tie at Amahoro stadium.

Clubs’ admirers full of tension are eagerly waiting to know who will win after the normal 90 minutes of the game. Defnding champions Rayon Sports who currently top the league on 10 points, will need to work hard to maintain their perfect start.

Rayon Sports coach Didier Gomes da Rosa said yesterday that they are ready for the crucial game, intending to keep to the winning mood, with three wins and one draw.

“It’s a tough game but we are ready for the contest. We need the three crucial points to enhance our chance of retaining the title though it’s too early to start talking of defending the title,”

All eyes will be on striker Meddie Kagere who was signed from Police last season as he will be eager to prove wrong his former employees who failed to give him a new contract.

With the absence of Salita Kambale, Ugandan import Samson Jakeshi who scored a brace against Amagaju will start alongside Kagere.

Rayon tops the table thanks to a superior number of goals scored, six as compared to five and three goals for second-placed Musanze and Espoir in third place.

Their rivals Police who sit in eighth position has won one game drew one and lost one.

Police on the other hand will go into today’s clash with five-point gap behind the champions. A defeat would leave Coach Sam Ssimbwa and his team a mammoth mountain to climb in the title race.

Ssimbwa, who was not available by press time for a comment yesterday, goes into this crucial match with nothing short of a win for the law enforcers after a 2-all draw against APR mid this week.

A lackluster blunder by Fabrice Twagizimana in the 94th minute left Ssimbwa decrying for a game he had clinched after leading 2-1 in the full 90 minutes against the military side APR at Stade de Kigali.

An own goal left the Ugandan tactician holding his head in his own hands as he felt anything other than apathy by refusing to speak to the press after the game. Striker Jacques Tuyisenge netted the first golf for the law and order men and Hudu Munymena made it two through a penalty when right winger Peter Kagabo was tackled in the eighteen yard box by APR and Amavubi defender Emery Bayisenge.

To avoid dropping further, Ssimbwa’s side must remain confident and hold hope of turning around their season by winning today’s match.

Elsewhere, Rubavu will host a derby clash between home sides Etincelles and Marines at Umuganda while AS Kigali will host AS Muhanga at Stade de Kigali.

Etincelles who have won two and drawn two matches with eight points stands favourite to win the decisive match against Marines who lost 1-0 to AS Kigali mid week and stands 11th with three points.

AS Kigali with nine points will be eager to extend their good start against AS Muhanga who are placed 13th with one point only.

Musanze’s Wai Yeka tops the goal scorer’s chart with five goals; followed by Marines defender and skipper Bonaventure Hategikimana.

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