APR 1-0 Telecom
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THREE-TIME WINNERS APR extended their lead in Group B as they registered a slim 1-0 win over Telecom Fc of Djibouti on Wednesday at Kigali Regional Stadium.
Defender Emery Bayisenge scored a stunning free kick in the 36th minute to go top of Group B with six points in two matches. The win followed another 1-0 slim victory over Burundi’s Atletico secured in the opening game.
The military side took control of the game and Jean Claude Iranzi nearly secured the opening goal but his strike was well cleared by impressive Telecom defender Hussein Butoyi who was named man of the match for a second time running.
Butoyi exhibited another clean header clearance from Iranzi’s strike after he connected a cross from Michel Ndahinduka five minutes later.
Ndahinduka then fluffed a long range shot outside the goal area which went wide in the 30th minute as Telecom struggled to hold the military side which was only good in defence and midfield.
APR then broke the deadlock in the 36th minute when he curled in a fascinating free to beat goal keeper JeefInzokira.
Telecom wasted an opportunity to equalize when an effort from Butoyi was put on bay by goal keeper Olivier Kwizera before half time.
After recess, APR enhanced their striking force with DjamalMwiseneza, TumaineNtamuhanga and PapySibomana replacing Jean BaptistaMugiraneza, HegmanNgomirakiza and Charles Tibingana.
At hour-mark, Ndahinduka could have doubled the lead only to see his attempt going inches past the goal post after a good set piece from Jean Claude Iranzi who was outstanding for the military side.
DjamaAboubaker and AndasangoEninga Freddy kept APR’s defense busy but poor finishing was the lacking factor they needed to hold the military side whose defense makeshift was not convincing at all.
HousseinWarsama nearly found the net when he dribbled past Ismail Nshutiyamagara and Emery Bayisenge only to be denied by goal keeper Kwizera who made an outstanding save in the 70th minute.
Telecom continued to chase for an equalizer but their efforts were to avail as the game ended under mild rain with APR booking maximum points.
APR has now risen to the summit of Group B with six points and a superior goal difference over KCCA of Uganda who also has six points in three matches played so far.
KCCA also registered a narrow 1-0 win over Burundi’s Atletico in the first game of the day. Brian Umony scored the lone goal of the through in the 22nd minute following a foul by skipper Francis Nongwe inside the 16 yard area.
Telecom and Atletico occupy the remaining spots with three points each whilst GorMahia sits at the tip of the log point-less.
APR face GorMahia on Friday before winding up the group stage action against KCCA on Sunday in a game that may decide who wins top spot of Group B.
Action continues on Thursday with a triple header set to be played at Kigali Regional stadium. Ethiopia’s Adama City Fc face Atlabara of South Sudan at 1pm; Police fc of Rwanda takes on Banadir of Somalia at 3pm before Rayon Sports from Rwanda winds up the day’s action with a tricky test over KMKM at 5pm.