Rayon’s Djamal Mwiseneza (right) scored the lone goal at Amahoro stadium
Police 0-3 AS Kigali
Musanze 0-1 Gicumbi
Esperance 0-1 SC Kiyovu
Amagaju 0-0 Marines
AS Muhanga 2-2 Espoir
Rayon Sports 1-0 Mukura
Etincelles 0-0 APR
A strike from Djamal Mwiseneza helped defending champions Rayon Sports to a well deserved 1-0 win over Mukura in a Turbo King Football League encounter played at the Amahoro stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Mwiseneza opened the scoring for the blues from a long range shot past Mukura goalie Regis Shyaka on the 1st minute.
Missing key strikers Kambale Salita, Samson Jakesh as well as suspended skipper Fuadi Ndayisenga, head Coach Didier Gomes da Rosa maintained his side which snatched a 2-1 win away to Espoir last Wednesday.
Cedric Kaze, on the other hand, only made no changes to the team that lost 1-0 to APR and hoped to rise from a poor performance but were dealt a major blow as they conceded an early goal.
Rayon Sports though were also looking dangerous especially down the wings and Meddie Kagere probably should’ve done better from close range in the 9th minute.
Fellow striker Cedric Amissi was unable to direct his attempt past Shyaka as they pressed harder for a second goal. Kagere forced a good save out of Amissi set piece ten minutes later. The striker found himself in a pocket of space before firing at goal, but the loose ball was cleared by the goal post.
Claude Nahimana should’ve given Mukura the equalizer in the 30th minute. Hussein Kiiza picked out an unmarked Nahimana inside the area, but the striker could only manage to direct his resulting shot over the crossbar from close range.
Rayon Sports were good value for their lead at the break with Mukura probably a bit fortunate not to have been able to snatch an equaliser heading into the tunnel.
Mukura camne back recharged after the interval and nearly found the back of the net two minutes into the second stanza.
Nahimana’s ball found an unmarked Kiiza at the far post, the striker tried to step past Jean Luc Ndayishimiye, but the shot stopper wasn’t prepared to be beaten and denied Kiiza with his trailing leg.
Sulaiman Mudeyi who replaced injured Ildebrand Nshuti brought more life into Mukura side but luck was simply not on their side as they could not find the net despite not breaking past Ndayishimiye.
The blues were reduced to ten men when Robert Ndatimana received a second red card for an intentional handball off Kiiza’s challenge forcing referee Gervais Munyanziza to give him a resulting redcard.
Mukura pressed harder for an equalizer and Yossa Bertrand had an opportunity to score on 80th minute but he was denied impressively by Ndayishimiye.
Rayon Sports relied on counterattacks with both Amissi and Kagere failed to make it two and three when they powered their shots in the air while inches away from the goalie.
The win for Rayon Sports moves them up to second place on the Turbo King Football League standings while Mukura remain on ninth slot with nine points after seven rounds of the season.
AS Kigali maintains leadership at the summit of the table with 18 points while Amagaju is rooted bottom of the table with two points.
Team PD W D L Pts
AS Kigali 7 6 0 1 18
Rayon Sports 7 5 1 1 16
APR 7 4 2 1 14
Musanze 7 4 2 1 14
SC Kiyovu 7 3 3 1 12
Espoir 7 3 3 1 12
Police 7 3 2 2 11
Etincelles 7 2 4 1 10
Mukura 7 3 0 4 9
Gicumbi FC 7 1 2 4 5
Marines 7 1 2 4 5
Esperance 7 1 0 7 3
AS Muhanga 7 0 3 4 3
Amagaju 7 0 2 5 2