m_APR’s Spier resigns

Coach Andrew Spier

AFTER receiving a five-match ban from thirteen-time league champions, German-born coach Andreas Spier has resigned from his coaching role.

The former Intare fc coach sent short message to the media on Tuesday saying, “I’m thankful for spending seven years in Rwandan football, living almost a good time. I’m giving over a functional young Rwandese team, formed and educated with a good philosophy on the first place,”

“Wish APR all the best,” added Spier.

APR Fc spokesperson George Gatete told Times Sport yesterday by press time, “We are just hearing speculations that he resigned but APR Fc is yet to get any official letter confirming the development. We are in a meeting and soon after, we will issue a statement on the matter,”

His resignation follows the recent action taken by APR when they suspended him following ‘unbecoming conduct’ during the military side’s goalless draw against AS Kigali on February 3 at Stade de Kigali.

The German coach was sent to the stands by referee Hudu Munyemana for arguing and over complaining to the fourth official, Francois Xavier Ngarambe.

Spier, who has a history of harassing match referees over contentious decisions, challenged a couple of decisions that went against his team and was persistently told to calm down by the referee and fourth official but he was not taking any of that forcing Munyemana to send him off.

Out of frustration, Spier angrily walked off the pitch before slamming his jacket on the ground in-front of the VIP section where APR’s top officials including club chairman Maj. Gen. Jack Musemakweli, Maj. Gen. Alex Kagame and Lt Gen Fred Ibingira were seated.

His antics drew boos from the crowd and this didn’t go down well with his boss. The army side is well known for strictness on discipline- it was inevitable the club would crack a whip on the Coach.

Spier, who renewed his contract with APR at the start of the season, was slapped a one-match ban from Rwanda Football Federation on top of the five-match ban from his club.

In his first match in the stands, APR under coach Vincent Mashami snatched a 1-0 win over Police last Saturday. At the stadium, he was seen with a letter which he tried to give to club Secretary General Adolphe Kalisa. But Kalisa refused it, telling him to bring the letter to the club’s office in Kimihurura, a feat which didn’t go down well with Spiers and had to leave in frustration.

According to reports, Spiers wrote to the Ministry of Defense, informing them of his resignation instead of issuing the letter to the club.