Police plot Rayon derby upset

Police coach Sam Ssimbwa

TKFL, Saturday

Marines vs. AS Kigali [Umuganda]

Sunday

Police vs. Rayon Sports [Stade de Kigali]

Arch rivals Police and Rayon Sports face each other in a rivarly derby in the second leg tie of the Turbo King Football League match due on Sunday at Stade de Kigali.

Rayon Sport Coach Luc Eymael

This is will be the first match for Sam Ssimbwa against coach Luc Eymael who took over from Didier Gomes da Rosa last month.

Ssimbwa knows well his opponent having beaten them 2-1 in the first leg and he will be eager to snatch another win to be able to close gap on leaders APR who stand 12 points ahead of the Cops side.

Rayon will be playing their second match after being dumped out of the Caf Champions league against AC Leopards de Dolisie in the preliminary round last week.

Mid this week, they beat Amagaju 2-0 courtesy of goals from strikers Meddie Kagere and Cedric Amissi to go three points behind leaders APR.

Clubs’ admirers full of tension are eagerly waiting to know who will win after the normal 90 minutes of the game. Both sides will be forced to work hard to avoid any slip-ups because anything short of a win for either side will benefit the military side.

Police head coach Ssimbwa who will be missing suspended striker Jacques Tuyisenge and defender Amani Uwilingiyimana expects his side to play to the open, attacking game if his side is to overcome the task at hand.

Ssimbwa once said, “If you cant beat top clubs like APR and Rayon Sports, then you should not be able to win the league title,”

“I’ve told the lads to play our usual style to ensure that we win. We must not lose more points following our loss to APR in the last fixture,”

“We definitely need to take our chances better. We must get certain efforts on target: you have to score when you have those chances,” said the Ugandan.

Striker Jerome Sina will be facing his former club for the first side since he signed for Police early this year. He never impressed in Police’s last fixture but the Ugandan tactician believes Sina will hit his top form..

Belgian Rayon Sport coach Luc Eymael who is taking nothing for granted means a win against Police could be crucial.

“For the moment we’re three points behind APR and we could close the gap if we win our game in hand against Police, although we still need to play that match,”

“The Champions league is a closed chapter for us now and our mind is on the league chapter again: it’s crucial that we beat Police on Sunday,” added Eymael.

Early weekend game

Africa Confederation Cup hopefuls AS Kigali head to Western Province to hosts Marines in one of the matches which was rescheduled to their participation in the continental club championship were they eliminated Academie Tchite of Burundi.

Coach Andre Gasambungo is optimistic his side will carry on from where they stopped before competing in the Caf competitions.

“We are ready for the task and I am convinced we will score away. Every player has recovered and they are ready for the battle,” added Gasambungo.

AS Kigali are sixth with 31 points while Marines stand eleventh with 13 points respectively.

AS Kigali will travel to AS Muhanga next Wednesday for Match 18 rescheduled match before switching focus to the first leg of Champions league first round clash against Ahly Shandy of Sudan on March 2 in Kigali.