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Referee Ishimwe to handle CAF U-20 Tourney in Niger

By Mugabe

Rwanda's center referee Ishimwe Jean Claude has been named among twenty four referees to manage the final stage of the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations due in Niger next month.

Ishimwe is part of the selected twelve (12) Referees and 12 Assistant Referees will handle the tournament scheduled for 2-17 February 2019 in the Nigerien cities of Maradi and Niamey.

Ishimwe, 29 years old, alongside other referees and assistant referees are scheduled to arrive in Niger on January 27, 2019 to undergo a refreshment course which will be organized prior to the tournament starting from January 28th.

During the refreshment course, referees will undergo physical, theoretical and technical tests. In case the referee fails to pass the fitness test, all related costs to his trip will be borne by his Association and the referee sent back home.

Ishimwe started his refereeing career in 2009 while officiating the third division league. A year after, he was promoted to handle second division league before being elevated to the first division league from 2011 to 2014.

In 2015, he was accorded with the FIFA badge to become the Rwanda's new international FIFA referee. Ishimwe continued to excel and was named among the continent's Young Talented Referees before joining the continental Elite B Course in 2017/18 season.

For the referees named for the final tournament, the oldest is 39-year old Malian Boubou Traore, with Nigerien Moussa Ali Mohamed, 27, the youngest.

Cape Verdean Luis Fernandes Barbosa and Firmino Bassafim of Guinea Bissau, both 38 are the eldest amongst the Assistant Referees. Twenty-six (26) year old Louis Ralph Fabien Cauvelet from Mauritius is the youngest.

Host Niger, South Africa, Nigeria and Burundi make up Group A whilst Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana complete Group B.

The semi-finalists will qualify to represent the continent at the FIFA U-20 World Cup from 23 May to 15 June 2019 in Poland.

List of Selected Referees for U20 Niger 2019
Referees:
Jean Claude Ishimwe (Rwanda), Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi), Antoine Max Depadoux Effa (Cameroon), Souleiman Ahmed Djama (Djibouti), Amin Mohamed Amin Mohamed (Egypt), Peter Waweru (Kenya), Boubou TRaore (Mali), Heeralall Ahmad Imtehaz (Mauritius), Moussa Ali Mohamed (Niger), Hassan Mohamed Hagi (Somalia), Ntale Kokou Ognankotan (Togo) and Haythem Guirat (Tunisia).

Assistant Referees: Luis Fernandes Barbosa (Cape Verde), Jospin Luckner Malonga (CAR), Gamal Saad Mohamed Samir (Egypt), Firmino Bassafim (Guinea Bissaue), Lionel Hasinjarasoa (Madagascar), Louis Ralph Fabien Cauvelet (Mauritius), Akerkad Mustapha (Morocco), Mathew Kanyanga (Namibia), Abdoul Aziz Moctar Saley (Niger), Hamza Hagi Abdi (Somalia), Dick Okello (Uganda) and Samuel Temesgin Atango (Ethiopia).

Mukura VS beat El Hilal, but bows out of CAF Confed Cup

By Mugabe

Rwanda's remaining flag bearer Mukura VS snatched a slim 1-0 win over Sudanese side El Hilal in the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup's play-off round on Saturday at Stade Huye in Huye District.

The lone goal of the game was scored Bertrand Iradukunda's goal in the 27th minute however it was not enough to guarantee passage for the Rwandan side into the lucrative group stage round hence bowing out 1-3 on goal aggregate.

Mukura VS went into the return leg in search of a 4-0 goal win to be assured of a place in the next round following a 3-0 loss in the first leg which deemed their qualification bid.

Despite several goal attempts, El Hilal held onto their tactical discipline to deny any chance of increasing the goal tally for the home side despite an improved game approach exhibited by Coach Christian Haringingo's side.

The Huye-based side had attempts from Ciza Hussein, Iradukunda, Christophe Ndayishimiye and Gael Duhayindavyi saved by the El Hilal's Ugandan goalie Salim Magoola.

El Hilal had opportunities from Idris Mbombo and Musa Eldai but thanks to good goalkeeping from Burundian goalie Ismail Wilondja who had a good game and ensured a clean sheet at home in his debut in the CAF Confederation Cup which also ended on a poor note following the abrupt exit.

The exit of Mukura VS ended Rwanda's participation in this year's edition of the CAF Interclubs. Following APR's early exit from the Caf Champions League by Tunisian side Club Africain in the preliminary round last month, Mukura VS was the only Rwandan side left in continental football this season.

Mukura VS reached the playoffs round – for the first time – last month after edging another Sudanese side, Hilal Obayed, 5-4 in penalty shootouts following a goalless draw in regular time.

The Peace Cup holders were taking part in the continental showpiece for the first time in 18 years.

CAF Confederation Cup
Play-off Round (2nd Leg)
Saturday Results

Mukura 1-0 El Hilal (Agg 1-3)
Kaizer Chiefs 1-2 Zesco United (Agg 2-5)
RS Berkane 5-1 ASC Jaaraf (Agg 5-3)
Salitas FC 3-1 Al-Nasr SC (Agg 3-1)
Petro Atletico 2-1 Stade Malien (Agg 2-1)

CAF Conf. Cup: Mukura VS face daunting task against Al Hilal

By Mugabe

MUKURA Victory Sports will have a mountain to climb when they take on Sudanese giants Al Hilal on Saturday in the decisive game of their playoff tie at Huye Stadium, today.

It may look like mission impossible on paper, but head coach Francis Haringingo believes Mukura can still progress to group stage in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The black-and-yellow outfit needs four unanswered goals to reach the lucrative group stage of the continent's second biggest club competition after losing 3-0 in the first leg in Khartoum last Sunday.

Speaking to Saturday Sport on Friday, Haringingo urged his players to forget about what happened in the first leg and focus on getting the β€˜desired result' in the home leg.

β€œWe cannot give up, that's not who we are,” he said. β€œWe will fight for the result we all need till the end. Of course it's going to be a tough call, but one thing is certain, we will leave the pitch without any regrets, knowing that we have given our all.”

Haringingo blamed the heavy defeat in the first leg to defensive errors and failure to keep composure in a hostile atmosphere, but added he looks forward to a positive result at home.

β€œIt is a very tricky situation for us because we conceded many goals, nonetheless, we need show what we are capable of. I appeal to our fans, and Rwandans in general to rally behind us.”

Last week, Mohamed Mukhtar, Idris Mbombo and Ahmed Muhamed were on target, with one goal each, to hand Mukura a near-impossible task in Saturday's return leg.

Mukura reached the playoffs round – for the first time – last month after edging another Sudanese side, Hilal Obayed, 5-4 in penalty shootouts following a goalless draw in regular time.

Following APR's early exit from the Caf Champions League, Mukura VS are the only Rwandan side left in continental football this season and – should they see off Al Hilal – they will become only the second Rwandan team to reach the group stage in the CAF competition, after Rayon Sports who did so last season.

The Peace Cup holders are taking part in the continental showpiece for the first time in 18 years.

CAFCC Play-off (2nd Leg)
Saturday Fixtures

Mukura VS vs Al Hilal Omdurman (Agg 0-3)
Petro Atletico vs. Stade Malien (Agg 1-1)
Salitas FC vs. Al-Nasr SC (Agg 0-1)
NA Hussein Dey vs. Ahli Benghazi (Agg 0-1)
Zamalek SC vs. IR Tanger (Agg 0-0)
RS Berkane vs ASC Jaaraf (Agg. 0-2)
Kaizer Chiefs vs Zesco United (Agg. 1-3)
Hassania Agadir vs Jimma Aba Jifar (Agg. 1-0)
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  • January 18th 2019 at 13:09

Itangazo Rireba Abakoze Ibizamini Byanditse

By Mugabe

Itangazo rireba Abakoze ibizamini byanditse ku myanya y'akazi itandukanye muri FERWAFA.

Second Division League, Match Day 6 Fixtures

By Mugabe

Second Division League, Match Day 6 Fixtures
Group A
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Vision FC vs Vision JN FC (Mumena, 13:00)
Esperance FC vs Aspor FC (Mumena, 15:30)
Sorwathe FC vs La Jeunesse (Kinihira, 14:30)

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Gasabo United vs Rugende FC (Kicukiro, 13:00)
Akagera FC vs SEC FC (Rwinkwavu, 14:30)
UR FC vs Gasogi United (UR, 14:30)

Group B
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Hope FC vs Miroplast FC (Mucyebera, 14:30)
Rwamagana City FC vs Intare FC (Rwamagana, 14:30)
Unity FC vs Gitikinyoni FC (Mageragere, 14:30)
Pepiniere FC vs Interforce FC (Ruyenzi, 14:30)
Etoile de l'Est FC (Repos)

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Heroes FC vs United Stars (Kicukiro, 15:30)

Suspensions
1. Mbarushimana Sylverien (Akagera FC)
2. Kwizera Epaphrodite (Pepiniere FC)
3. Niyonkuru Jean Marie Aime (Intare FC)
4. Muganuza Jean Claude (Interforce FC)

Top Goal Scorers
1. Twagiramungu MUdasiru (Pepiniere FC) – 4 goals
2. Kwizera Jean Luc (Hope FC) – 3 goals
3. Mahoro Fidele (Intare FC) -3 goals
4. Uwiduhaye Aboubakar (Heroes FC) – 3 goals
5. Dushimimana Olivier (Heroes FC) – 3 goals
6. Manzi Nsanga John (Aspor FC) – 3goals
7. Halindintwari Jean Claude (Vision FC) – 3 goals
8. Kamanzi Idrissa (Aspor FC) – 3 goals
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ARPL: New Schedule of initially Postponed Matches

By Mugabe

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Match Day 7: Sunrise FC vs APR Fc (Nyagatare)

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Match Day 9: Police FC vs Mukura VS (Stade de Kigali)

Saturday, January 27, 2019
Match Day 10: Mukura VS vs Amagaju FC (Stade Huye)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Match Day 11: Musanze FC vs Mukura VS (Stade Ubworoherane)

Monday, February 4, 2019
Mukura VS vs Etincelles FC (Stade Huye)

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Gicumbi FC vs Mukura VS (Gicumbi stadium)
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Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 15 Fixtures

By Mugabe

Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 15 Fixtures
Friday, January 18, 2019

Gicumbi FC vs Mukura VS (Postponed until further notice)
SC Kiyovu vs Musanze FC (Stade Mumena)

Saturday, January 19, 2019
AS Muhanga vs Espoir FC (Stade Muhanga)
Marines FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Stade Umuganda)
AS Kigali vs Amagaju FC (Stade de Kigali)

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Kirehe FC vs Bugesera FC (Kirehe grounds)
APR FC vs Police FC (Stade de Kigali)
Etincelles FC vs Sunrise FC (Stade Umuganda)
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Defensive errors cost us dearly – Mukura VS boss

By Mugabe

Mukura Victory Sports coach Christian Francis Haringingo has said that poor defending cost his side in the 3-0 humiliation at the hands of Al-Hilal Club Omdurman of Sudan on Sunday in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Playoffs in Khartoum.

The hosts opened the scoring as early as the fifth minute through Mohamed Mukhtar, before Idris Mbombo doubled their lead in the 62nd minute while Ahmed Muhamed netted the third goal in the 80th minute to leave Mukura VS with a mountain to climb in the return leg.

β€œI am disappointed because we needed a good result away from home,” he said.

The second leg will be played on Saturday at Huye Stadium.

Hussein Ciza, Christophe Ndayishimiye, Bertrand Iradukunda and Rashid Mutebi all had chances in front of goal but none of them could find the net.

β€œWe played better and if we had made the most of the chances we created we would have won the game or at least get a draw. We need to be more focused in the second leg,” Haringingo noted.

He particularly blamed lack of concentration on the part of his players in the later stages of the game.

Mukura is the only Rwandan club left in continental competitions after APR was eliminated in the preliminary stages of the Champions League.

Mukura is bidding to become the second Rwandan club after Rayon Sports to reach the competition's group stage.

They now need four unanswered goals to achieve that mission.

The Peace Cup holders are taking part in the continental showpiece for the first time in 18 years.

Mukura reached the playoffs round – for the first time – last month after edging out another Sudanese side Hilal Obayed 5-4 in penalty shootouts following a goalless draw in regular time.
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Azam TV

By benjie

AzamTV, a Tanzanian Pay TV company is the official broadcaster and title holder of Rwanda Football League, Azam Rwanda Premier League.

Both Azam TV and Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) have signed a multi million deal to sponsor Rwanda Premier League on August 24, 2015.

The sponsorship package of US$2.35 million will cover period of five years.

  • January 14th 2019 at 08:27

ARPL: Rayon wallops Kirehe to go second

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports FC have moved to within four points of leaders APR FC following their emphatic 3-0 victory over Kirehe Fc in a match day 14 encounter of the Azam Rwanda Premier League played at Kigali Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With the big win over Francois Kalisa's side, Rayon Sports jumped into second spot with 28 points from 14 matches, two points ahead of third-placed Mukura Victory Sports who have played four games less.

Burundian striker Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana scored the opener from the spot in the 38th minute after being fouled by Kirehe defender Jackson Nkurikiye in the penalty area.

The first-half ended 1-0.

The hosts continued to dominate possession in the second-half and it took only four minutes for skipper Thierry Manzi to double the lead after some good work from Yannick Mukunzi and Fabrice Mugheni who combined to destroy the visitors' defence.

Ghana-born forward Micheal Sarpong made it three with a beautiful finish from Bimenyimana's cross in injury time to make it his seventh league goal this season.

Bimenyimana and Sarpong have scored seven goals each for Roberto Oliveira's side this term, two goals shy of joint leaders Djuma Nizeyimana (SC Kiyovu) and Sunrise striker Jules Ulimwengu.

It was an emotional victory for midfielder Mukunzi who was playing his last game for the Blues ahead of his move to Sandvikens IF, this week, in Swedish third division league.

The Rwanda international and former APR playmaker joined Rayon Sports in August 2017 and had since been one of the club's most influential players.

Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 14 Results
Friday, January 11, 2019

Espoir FC 0-1 APR FC
Police FC 2-2 AS Kigali

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Amagaju FC 0-3 SC Kiyovu
Mukura VS vs Etincelles FC (Postponed until further notice)
AS Muhanga 3-0 Gicumbi FC
Sunrise FC 1-1 Marines FC

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Bugesera FC vs Musanze FC (Nyamata Grounds)
Rayon Sports FC vs Kirehe FC (Stade de Kigali)

Top Scorers
1. Ulimwengu Jules (Sunrise FC - 9
2. Nizeyimana Djuma (SC Kiyovu) – 9
3. Sarpongo Michel (Rayon Sports FC) – 7
4. Bimenyimana Bonfils Caleb (Rayon Sports FC) – 7
5. Bizimana Yannick (AS Muhanga) – 6
6. Byiringiro Lague (APR FC) – 5
7. Otema Peter (Police FC) – 5
8. Samson Babuwa (Sunrise FC) – 5
9. Ssemazzi John (Espoir FC) – 4
10. Kyambadde Fred (Espoir FC) -4
11. Kibengo M. Jimmy (AS Kigali) – 4
12. Okenge Lulu Kevin (Gicumbi FC) - 4
13. Ndikumana Tresor (Amagaju FC) - 4
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Mukura VS' CAF Group Stage Hopes Dented In Sudan

By Mugabe

Rwanda's flag bearer Mukura VS' hopes of reaching the lucrative group stage round have been dented following a 3-0 loss to Al Hilal Omburman in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup play-off tie played on Sunday night at Al Hilal Stadium in Khartoum.

Goals from Mohamed Mukhtar, Idriss Mbombo and Mohamed Bashir were enough to inspire Coach Irad Zaafouri's home side to a morale boosting victory ahead of the upcoming weekend's return leg at Huye Stadium in Huye District.

However, the Peace Cup holders were unable to find a way past the Al Hilal Omburman's defence in the closing stages and will now have to overturn a 3-0 deficit in the second leg.

Mukura VS will hosts Al Hilal Omburman in Sunday's (January 20) return leg which will be played on astro turf of Huye Stadium.

Mukura VS needs four goals to nil for a berth in the CAF Confederation cup group stages.

The Peace Cup holders are taking part in the continental showpiece for the first time in 18 years, since 2000 when they were knocked out in the first round by Ethiopian side Awassa City.

Meanwhile, Rwandan forward Jacques Tuyisenge found the net as Kenyan giants Gor Mahia edged out New Stars de Douala 2-1 at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.

K'Ogalo went ahead in the 41st minute through Lawrence Juma but Benjamin Bechem scored the equalizer for the visitors in the 72nd minute.

Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge restored the lead with a powerful header from Ugandan defender Shafik Batambuze assist in the 87th minute.

The Kenyan champions head to Limbe, Cameroon for the return leg match next week and will need at least a draw to sail through to the group stage of the continental championship.

In other matches, Zambia's Zesco United beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 and Ethiopia's Jimma Kenema fell 1-0 at home to Hassania Agadir. Al Nasr edged Salitas FC 1-0, IT Tanger played a goalless draw against Zamalek SC, Congo's AS Otoho D'Oyo scored three goals without response past Uganda's 12 time Uganda Premier League champions, and Asante Kotoko defeated Cotonsport 3-2 while Lesotho's Bantu FC lost to Nigeria's Enugu Rangers 1-2 among others.

CAF Confederation Cup Play-off Round
First Leg Match, Weekend Results
Al Hilal Omdurman 3-0 Mukura VS
Gor Mahia FC 2-1 New Star Douala
Al-Nasr SC 1-0 Salitas FC
IR Tanger 0-0 Zamalek SC
Otoho d'Oyo 3-0 KCCA FC
Cotonsport 2-3 Asante Kotoko
Bantu FC 1-2 Enugu Rangers
Jimma Aba Jifar 0-1 Hassania Agadir
Zesco United 3-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Nkana 3-0 San Pedro
Vipers 0-0 CS Sfaxien
African Stars 1-1 Raja Casablanca
Stade Malien 1-1 Petro Atletico

Rwanda Women's Football Leagues (D1 & D2) to start on Feb.10

By Mugabe

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has set February 10, 2019 as the kick-off date for the 2019 National Women's Premier Football League and the Second Division league respectively.

In a communications sent to all participating women clubs, the league will commence next month and the deadline for the registration of players has been fixed on January 27, 2019.

A new format which will see both clubs in top flight league and second division league play enough matches, at least 90 matches per season is being planned.

AS Kigali will be seeking for a record 11th league title. The City of Kigali-sponsored side beat Scandinavia women's football in the last game of last season at Umuganda Stadium, in Rubavu District, to clinch the title for a tenth consecutive time since 2010.

AS Kigali won last season's league title with 39 points, having only lost once – against Scandinavia.

Gakenke women football club and Rambura Women Football Club who finished bottom of last year's season with 10 points will feature in the second division league following their demotion.

AS Kabuye women football club who won the second league with 33 points and second-placed Rugende women football club will feature in this year's top flight league following their promotion.

Meanwhile, AS Kigali and Scandinavia women football clubs will for the first time take part in the Heroes Cup scheduled this month.

Reigning league champions AS Kigali WFC will face rivals and second-placed Scandinavia WFC in the battle for the Heroes Cup crown. The Heroes Cup Tournament has always been a men's affair but the FERWAFA Executive Committee decided last year to always include women's team in every organised tournament going forward.
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Mukura VS, Al Hilal Omburman face off in CAF Confed. Cup

By Mugabe

Mukura Victory Sports face a huge challenge against Sudanese giants Al Hilal Omburman if they are to reach the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time.

Francis Haringingo's men take on Sudan's most successful club on Sunday evening at Al-Hilal Stadium, at 7pm, in the first-leg clash of their play-off tie.

The Mukura VSdelegation left Kigali on Friday hoping for a win, which would help them to proceed to the group stage of Africa's second biggest club competition. The return leg will be played at Huye Stadium on January 20.

Head coach Haringingo has urged his players to forget about what happened in the past matches and focus on getting a good result [against Al Hilal] in Sunday's much anticipated game.

β€œWe have to give our best against a very strong team, there is no margin of error on Sunday. I want my players to be at ease and enjoy their game, and fight for a positive result,” said the Burundi-born tactician.

Should Mukura eliminate Al Hilal, they will become the second Rwandan club to reach the competition's group stages after Rayon Sports, last season.

He added, β€œIt is a very tight situation for us. We are playing against a team with big history in Africa at their home, nonetheless, we need show what we are capable of.”

Al Hilal dropped to Caf Confederation after they were seen off by Tunisia's Club Africain 3-2 in the first round of the CAF Champions League. The latter had brushed aside Rwanda's APR in the preliminary round of the continent's premier club competition.

Mukura reached the playoffs round – for the first time – last month after edging out another Sudanese side, Hilal Obayed, 5-4 in penalty shoot outs following a goalless draw after regular time.

β€œOur target is to win the game, but even a draw would not be a bad away result. We are taking this fixture very seriously. We will be aggressive in the attack and at the same time defend well. We are ready to fight with all we got for a spot to group stages,” Haringingo further noted.

The Peace Cup holders are taking part in the continental showpiece for the first time in 18 years, since 2000 when they were knocked out in the first round by Ethiopian side Awassa City.

Sunday
Al Hilal vs Mukura VS 19:00
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Mukura VS in buoyant mood ahead of Al Hilal clash

By Mugabe

Mukura Victory Sports are confident that they will get a good result against Sudanese giants Al Hilal Omburman when the two sides meet in the first-leg of their CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie in Khartoum on Sunday.

Francis Haringingo and his Mukura delegation is expected to travel to Sudan on Friday night hoping for win which can help them to proceed to the group stage of Africa's second biggest club competition when they host the decisive leg at Huye Stadium on January 20.

The team, which has been training twice a day at Amahoro Stadium, is expected to arrive in the Sudanese capital Friday afternoon.

Speaking to members of the press before the team's departure, Mukura VS skipper Hussein Ciza stressed that they are not going to Sudan to look for a draw, but rather to fight for victory.

β€œWe are aware of the task that awaits us in Khartoum, but we are also well prepared. We will do everything possible to win the game and I am convinced this team has the potential to advance to the next stage,” said the former AS Kigali midfielder.

Haringingo's men reached the playoffs round – the club's historic first time – last month after edging out another Sudanese side, Hilal Obayed, 5-4 in penalty shootouts following a goalless draw in regular time.

The Peace Cup holders are taking part in the continental showpiece for the first time in 18 years, since 2000 when they were knocked out in the first round by Ethiopian side Awassa City.

Should Mukura VS eliminate Al Hilal Omburman, they will become the second Rwandan club to reach the competition's group stage after Rayon Sports, last season.

First leg
Sunday

Al Hilal vs Mukura

Return leg
Jan. 20

Mukura VS vs Al Hilal
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Police, AS Kigali square off in battle for top four

By Mugabe

Azam Rwanda Premier League rivals Police and AS Kigali, will be battling for a crucial victory when they face-off at Stade de Kigali on Friday.

The game will get underway at 3:30pm.

With both sides seeking to finish the league's first-half into top positions, the much-awaited clash between two former Peace Cup winners is guaranteed to be a heated affair.

Separated by only three points, the hosts Police are in fifth position with 20 points, while Djuma Masudi's AS Kigali are seventh with 17 points but have a better goal differential (4) compared to Police's three.

Former champions SC Kiyovu who travel to Nyagasenyi Stadium for a clash against Amagaju on Saturday, are in fourth spot – level with Police at 20 points, ranking ahead of the law enforcers courtesy of a superior (5) goal difference.

Having beaten Espoir 3-2 in their last outing, AS Kigali will be fighting for the three points to enter into top four for the first time this season should they beat Police by two goals or more.

On the other hand, Joel Albert Mphande's Police will be looking to bounce back from last Friday's 2-0 defeat at the hands of SC Kiyovu.

In an interview with Times Sport on Thursday, AS Kigali head coach Masudi said, β€œOur aim is to prepare and be able to win every game ahead of us. We want to make progress and we still have hope for a good end to the season.”

He further conceded that, β€œIt is not going to be easy against Police, who are indisputably a good side, but my players are all fit for the challenge.”

Police coach Mphande, whose team has recorded six wins, two draws and four defeats so far this season, admits that his team may be seen as weak contenders but they will not take the foot off the pedal.

β€œGetting all the three points [against AS Kigali] is crucial in our bid to stay near to the top teams, that's our only focus on Friday,” noted Zambian tactician Mphande.

Elsewhere, champions APR will go into their match against Espoir at Kamarampaka Stadium hoping for a routine three points as they seek to keep leading the chase for the league title.

APR top the table standings with 29 points from 12 games, three points ahead of second-placed Mukura who have played two games less. Rayon Sports are third with 25 points.
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Second Division League, Match Day 5 Fixtures

By Mugabe

Second Division League, Match Day 5 Fixtures
Group A
Saturday, Janaury 12, 2019

Vision JN FC vs Aspor FC (Umuganda Pitch 2)
Gasogi United vs Vision FC (Stade de Kigali, 15:30)
SEC Fc vs UR FC (Mumena, 15:30)
La Jeunesse FC vs Gasabo United (Mumena, 13:00)

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Rugende FC vs Esperance FC (Rugende, 14:30)
Sorwathe FC vs Akagera FC (Kinihira, 14:30)

Group B
Saturday, January 12

Intare FC vs Heroes FC (Kicukiro, 15:30)
Gitikinyoni FC vs Hope FC (Nzove, 14:30)
Interforce FC vs Rwamagana City (Kicukiro, 13:00)
Unity FC (Repos)
Etoile de l'est FC vs Pepiniere FC (Ngoma, 14:30

Sunday, January 13, 2019
United Stars vs Miroplast FC (Kabagari, 14:30)

Top Scorers
1. Twagiramungu Mudasilu (Pepiniere FC) – 3
2. Kwizera Jean Luc (Hope FC) – 3
3. Dushimimana Olivier (Heroes FC) -3
4. Kamanzi Idrissa (Aspor FC) – 3
5. Halindintwari Jean Claude (Vision FC) -3
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  • January 10th 2019 at 05:39

2019 Heroes Cup Official Fixtures Released

By Mugabe

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has released the official fixtures of the 2019 edition of the Heroes Cup Tournament which will be staged at Amahoro Stadium from January 26, 2019 to February 1, 2019.

The 2019 Heroes Cup edition will attract the top four clubs from last season's Azam Rwanda Premier League namely; reigning league champions APR FC, AS Kigali, Rayon Sports and Etincelles FC.

Based on their rankings, FERWAFA competitions application generated how teams will face each other in the round robin format with all the four teams playing each other and afterwards, the overall tournament winner will be decided on points tally and goal difference.

On Match Day one scheduled for January 26, 2019, APR Fc will face AS Kigali while Etincelles FC will be up against Rayon Sports at Amahoro Stadium.

On Match Day two due on January 29, 2019, Etincelles FC will face APR FC before Rayon Sports FC takes on AS Kigali.

On Match Day three due on January 31, 2019, women league champions AS Kigali WFC will face rivals and second-placed Scandinavia WFC before the two RDF teams (yet to be known) take on each other vying for the champions' slot.

The final day of the tournament will be held on Heroes Day, February 1 at Amahoro stadium with AS Kigali hosting Etincelles FC while APR FC will clash with Rayon Sports FC.

The winner of the Heroes Cup tournament will pocket Rwf. 4 million on top of the trophy, first runner will pocket Rwf. 2 million, third-placed will bag Rwf. 1.5 million while the fourth club will earn Rwf. 1 million.

The winning in the women category will pocket Rwf. 750, 000 while the losing finalist will pocket Rwf. 500, 000.

The winning RDF team will earn Rwf. 1 million on top of a trophy while the losing finalists will earn Rwf. 500, 000 respectively.

Rayon Sports FC won last year's edition tied on four points but with a superior goal difference over APR FC and Police FC respectively. The blues lost the final game 1-2 to arch rivals APR FC.

Heroism Tournament 2019 Fixtures
Match Day 1, January 26, 2019

APR FC vs AS Kigali (Amahoro Stadium, 15:30)
Etincelles FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Amahoro, 18:00

Match Day 2, January 29, 2019
Etincelles FC vs APR FC (Amahoro, 15:30)
Rayon Sports FC vs AS Kigali (Amahoro, 18:00)

Match Day 3, January 31, 2019
AS Kigali vs Scandinavia (Amahoro Stadium, 15:30)
RDF Winner 1 vs RDF Winner 2 (Amahoro Stadium, 18:00)

Match Day 4, February 01, 2019
AS Kigali vs Etincelles FC (Amahoro, 15:30)
APR FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Amahoro, 18:00)
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Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 14 Fixtures

By Mugabe

Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 14 Fixtures
Friday, January 11, 2019

Espoir FC vs APR FC (Rusizi Stadium)
Police FC vs AS Kigali (Kicukiro Stadium)

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Amagaju FC vs SC Kiyovu (Nyagisenyi Grounds)
Mukura VS vs Etincelles FC (Postponed until further notice)
AS Muhanga vs Gicumbi FC (Muhanga Stadium)
Sunrise FC vs Marines FC (Nyagatare grounds)

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Bugesera FC vs Musanze FC (Nyamata Grounds)
Rayon Sports FC vs Kirehe FC (Stade de Kigali)
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CAF CC: Mukura VS turn focus to Al Hilal Omburman

By Mugabe

After seeing his side being held to 1-1 by Marines on Sunday at Umuganda Stadium, Mukura head coach Francis Christian Haringingo has said they will now turn their focus on their playoff-round tie against Al Hilal Omburman of Sudan in Total CAF Confederation Cup.

Mukura will have to improve when they face Sudanese side Al Hilal in a double-legged tie if the Huye-based are to reach the lucrative group stage of the 2018/2019 CAF Confederation Cup.

The first leg will be played Sunday away while Mukura VS will host the return leg January 20.

The Peace Cup holders reached the first round following a 5-4 penalty shootout triumph over Hilal Obayed, another Sudanese side, both sides having played out a goalless draw in regular time.

β€œWhat's important now is the game against Al Hilal. All of us are looking forward to the game and want to win it,” Haringingo said.

The Rwandan side will be without midfielder Alex Nkomezi who sustained an industry during a motorcycle ride.

Haringingo urged his players to get ready for the tough task that lies ahead of them as they seek to maintain their perfect form going into the continental football tie.

β€œWe need to be ready for both the league and Confederation Cup matches, our ambition is to do well in both competitions,” he added.

Mukura are expected to head to Sudan on Thursday night.

Haringingo's men reached the playoffs round – for the first time ever– after edging out another Sudanese side, Hilal Obayed, 5-4 in penalty shootouts following a goalless draw in regular time.

Al Hilal dropped to Caf Confederation after they were seen off by Tunisia's Club Africain 3-2 in the first round of the CAF Champions League.

This is the first time the Huye-based outfit have progressed past the first round of the continent's second biggest club competition.

The Peace Cup holders are taking part in the continental showpiece for the first time in 18 years, since 2000 when they were knocked out in the first round by Ethiopian side Awassa City.

The winners of the play-off round contest will advance to the lucrative group stage.

Should Mukura VS eliminate Al Hilal, they will become the second Rwandan club to reach the competition's group stage after Rayon Sports, last season.

CAF Confederations Cup
2nd 1/16th Round, First leg
Sunday, Jan 13, 2019

Al Hilal vs Mukura VS

Return leg
Jan. 20, 2019

Mukura VS vs Al Hilal
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80 coaches acquire FERWAFA D Coaching Licenses

By Mugabe

Eighty secondary school coaches selected from fourteen districts completed a FERWAFA D Coaching License which was offered from January 2-6, 2019 in Huye and Gatsibo Districts respectively.

40 coaches were picked from Zone East which comprises of six districts namely; Nyagatare, Gatsibo, Rwamagana, Ngoma, Kirehe, Kayonza districts while another group of 40 coaches completed the course in Zone South with participants coming fromnine districts namely; Muhanga, Ruhango, Nyanza, Huye, Gisagara, Nyaruguru, Nyamagabe, Rusizi and Nyamasheke districts respectively.

Closing the coaching ceremony in Huye District on Sunday, January 6, the FERWAFA Vice President Habyarimana Marcel hailed participants for their devotion, patience and discipline exhibited during the five-day course.

β€œWe want to thank you for your commitment in attending and finalizing this course. The knowledge you have gained during this week will be key in FERWAFA's 7-year technical development plan which will be launched this month through the schools competition which will oversee U-15, U-17 and U-20' boys and girls categories, playing the sport in their respective schools,”

β€œYou have a big role to play in passing over the knowledge to the raw talents scattered in the different schools which constitute the various districts that you respresent. We ask you to go back and help FERWAFA in identifying and helping these players to elevate their playing talents such that we can have many talents unearthed at the end of the competition,”

β€œWe believe that collectively, we can unearth and develop grassroots talents with your help and FERWAFA will always be around to help you improve your coaching careers,” added Habyarimana.

The coaching courses in Gatsibo and Huye will be followed with two more coaching courses due this week in Rulindo (Zone North) and Bugesera (Zone Kigali) where another bunch of 80 coaches will be trained.

Then mid this month, in partnership with Ministry of education, FERWAFA will hold U-15, U-17 and U-20 competitions in both primary and secondary schools so as to tap in new talents at stake.

Each among the four zones across the country will be represented by 30 schools drawn from selected sectors. The four zones are split accordingly: Zone North-West, Zone South-West, Zone East and Zone Kigali.

Each zone will play preliminary round matches comprised of three groups, consisting of ten schools each. At the end of the contest, each zone will be represented by two winners who will proceed to play the final matches.

After this tournament, 30 best players will be selected to constitute the U-15, U-17 and U-20 age National teams.

This U-15, U-17 and U-20 competitions in schools is part of the seven-year strategic technical development plan (2019-2023) which is aimed at enhancing football development across the country.

For a period of 7 years, various extensive training will be provided to youth coaches, referees, talent detectors, First Aid, club administrators; increase participation in grassroots football, enhancing the standard and performance of our leagues and participating and reaching the final phase in the -upcoming- U15/U17/U20 international competitions.
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Itangazo ry'Abazakora Ikizamini cy'Akazi

By Mugabe

Itangazo ry'abazakora Ikizamini cy'akazi.

Second Division League, Match Day Four Fixtures

By Mugabe

Second Division League, Match Day Four Fixtures
Group A
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Gasogi United vs Vision JN FC (Stade de Kigali, 13:00)
Vision FC vs SEC FC (Mumena, 13:00)
Esperance FC vs La Jeunesse FC (Mumena, 15:30)
UR FC vs Sorwathe FC (UR, 14:30)

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Gasabo United vs Akagera FC (Kicukiro, 13:00)
ASPOR FC vs Rugende FC (Mumena, 14:30)

Group B
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Miroplast FC vs Gitikinyoni FC (Mironko grounds, 14:30)
Heroes FC vs Interforce FC (Kicukiro, 15:30)
Hope FC (Repos)
Rwamagana City FC vs Etoile de l'est FC (Rwamagana, 14:30)
Unity FC vs Pepiniere FC (Mageragere, 14:30)

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Intare FC vs United Stars (Kicukiro, 15:30)
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Duhayindavyi penalty ends APR's unbeaten run

By Mugabe

Gael Duhayindavyi scored the lone goal as Mukura Victory Sports battled to a narrow win over champions APR FC on Thursday at Kigali Stadium.

Referee Claude Ishimwe showed no hesitation while pointing to the penalty spot after APR centre-back Herve Rugwiro hauled down Mukura striker Onesme Twizerimana in the box.

The penalty was well converted by Burundian midfielder Duhayindavyi in the 24th minute.

With the win, Mukura closed in on leaders APR by one point, having picked 25 points from a possible 27 in their first nine Azam Rwanda Premier League games this season. However, APR FC have played two games more.

The match had to be paused after 25 minutes – for ten minutes – due to heavy rain after the pitch was filled with ponds of water that did not allow the ball to bounce.

APR, who wanted to extend their unbeaten run to eleven games, came close to taking the lead through Issa Bigirimana in the 10th minute but his one-on-one clear-cut chance was denied by goalie Ismaiel Wironja who was making his first appearance for Mukura.
The goalkeeper was signed from Burundi giants Vital'O last month.

Bigirimana was a constant danger to Mukura's back four that comprised David Nshimiyimana, Said Iragire, Hassan Rugirayabo and Janvier Mutijima but Wironja's unflappable positioning ensured a clean sheet for the visitors.

Former APR striker Twizerimana had two chances to double the lead for Mukura but both efforts were thwarted by APR stopper Yves Kimenyi.

The military side had several chances to go level in the second-half but forwards Bigirimana, Lague Byiringiro and (second-half sub) Ernest Sugira, who was playing his first competitive match since August 2017, were wasteful.

Former AS Kigali striker Sugira came on for Bigirimana in the 71st minute, ending his 14-month injury layoff since rejoining APR from DR Congo's AS Vita Club.

Despite relying mostly on counterattacks the entire second-half, Mukura had a number of opportunities to add salt to APR's injury but forwards Frank Lomami and Twizerimana failed to find the back of Kimenyi's net.

The match was initially scheduled for last month but it was postponed due to the two sides' involvement in CAF competitions.

The result means Mukura VS remain the only unbeaten team in the league this season.

Despite the defeat, Jimmy Mulisa's APR remain at the summit, followed by Mukura, while Rayon Sports and Police complete top four with 22 and 20 points, respectively.
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APR FC, Mukura VS face off in clash for supremacy

By Mugabe

It will be a clash of egos, and for supremacy, when two APR FC and Mukura VS, both unbeaten so far this season, square off in Azam Rwanda Premier League at Kigali Stadium on Thursday.

Leaders APR have practically bulldozed their way to the top, but one of the clubs that can actually hurt them in the competition is Francis Haringingo's side.

Both the reigning champions and Peace Cup holders, Mukura VS, are unbeaten going into the much-awaited encounter and arguably what could possibly be the best match of the season.

The match was initially scheduled for December 1, 2018 but it was postponed due to the two sides' involvement in CAF competitions when APR had to face Tunisia's Club Africain in Champions League while Mukura VS were playing against Free State Stars of South Africa.

Speaking to Times Sport on Wednesday, Mukura VS head coach Haringingo said: β€œWe need to win the game (against APR) and maintain our unbeaten run, we will do all that is possible. We know they are a very good side and they will be playing at home, but, that won't intimidate us.

β€œWe have beaten them at home before.”

After eight league games this term, Mukura are in second position with 22 points, having won seven times and drawn once. They trail APR by four points but the latter have played three games more.

β€œWe have had a great start to this season, and that has boosted confidence of my players. It's going to be a tough game, but we are ready for the challenge,” the Burundian tactician added.

His APR counterpart Jimmy Mulisa conceded that, β€œWe are probably facing the best Mukura side in a long time. We have to be cautious, avoid silly mistakes and try to make the most of every goal opportunity.”

The former Amavubi forward added, β€œDropping points will cost us dearly in the title race, we have prepared well for the game and we will approach it as a final game. It's a must-win.”

The military side lead the table with 26 points, four ahead of Mukura and third-placed Rayon Sports. However, Rayon Sports has played four games more.

A win for Mukura will not only end APR's ten-game unbeaten run but will also lift them to one point within of the leaders while having three games in hand – against Police, Amagaju and Musanze – as they bid for a historic first league title since the club's establishment in 1963.

Photo: APR striker Lague Byiringiro (M) vies for the ball with Mukura players Janvier Mutijima (L) and Saidi Iragire during the Super Cup clash at Umuganda Stadium last October, which ended 2-0 in favour of APR. File.
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Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 13 Fixtures

By Mugabe

Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 13 Fixtures
Friday, January 4, 2019

SC Kiyovu vs Police FC (Mumena Stadium)

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Gicumbi FC vs Etincelles FC (Gicumbi Stadium)
AS Kigali vs Espoir FC (Stade de Kigali)
Musanze Fc vs Rayon Sports FC (Stade Ubworoherane)
Kirehe FC vs Sunrise FC (Kirehe Grounds)

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Marines FC vs Mukura VS (Stade Umuganda)
APR FC vs AS Muhanga (Stade de Kigali)
Bugesera FC vs Amagaju FC (Nyamata Grounds)
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ARPL: Schedule of Initially Postponed Matches

By Mugabe

Thursday, January 3, 2019
Match Day 6:
APR FC vs Mukura VS (Stade de Kigali)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Match Day 9:
Police FC vs Mukura VS (Stade de Kigali)

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Match Day 7:
Sunrise FC vs APR FC (Nyagatare)

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Match Day 10
: Mukura VS vs Amagaju FC (Stade Huye)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Match Day 11:
Musanze FC vs Mukura VS (Stade Ubworoherane)
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We will have to improve against Al Hilal, says Francis Haringingo

By Mugabe

Francis Haringingo has challenged his Mukura VS players that they have plenty to improve when they face Sudanese side Al Hilal in a double-legged tie if the club is to reach the lucrative group stage of the 2018/2019 CAF Confederation Cup.

Mukura VS were drawn against Sudan's most successful club in the playoffs round of the continental competition last Friday. The first-leg clash between the two sides is scheduled for January 11, at Al-Hilal Stadium in Khartoum.

Haringingo's men reached the playoffs round – for a historic first time – after edging out another Sudanese side, Hilal Obayed, 5-4 in penalty shootouts following a goalless draw, in regular time.

β€œIt is going to be difficult against Al Hilal, they are a fantastic team – with big history. There is a lot we have to improve if we are to reach the group stage, and that is absolutely what we want,” said Mukura's Burundian tactician Haringingo.

β€œIt's about the spirit and belief that we can do it. We just have to remain focused, be patient and see how things go. But most importantly, we have to prepare well.”

This is the first time the Huye-based outfit has progressed past the first round of the continent's second biggest club competition since their 1982 debut.

β€œIf we're afraid, then why are we going there in the first place? We also have quality players who have shown capacity and quality of facing any team.”

The Peace Cup holders are taking part in the continental showpiece for the first time in 18 years, since 2000 when they were knocked out from the first round by Ethiopian side Awassa City.

The Play-off round action will be played in January with the first leg slated for January 11-13 while the return leg will be staged between January 18-20, 2019.

The winners of the play-off round contest will advance to the lucrative group stage in February.

CAF Confederation Cup
2nd 1/16th Round Fixtures
First Leg Fixture
Jan. 11, 2019

Al Hilal vs Mukura
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Div. 2 League: Gasogi beat SEC to go second in Group A

By Mugabe

Gasogi United came from behind to beat SEC Academy 2-1 on Saturday as they jumped to second position in Group A of the 2018-19 Second Division Football League.

Forward Abouba Nsengimana put ahead SEC in the 15th minute as both sides played a dull first-half, which ended with the Kicukiro-based side leading 1-0 at Kicukiro Stadium.

Returning for the final 45 minutes, Gasogi looked sharper and more determined as Noah Gashugi and skipper Marc Nkubana scored in a space of only four minutes to hand Gasosi the hard-fought victory to two points to within leaders ASPOR.

Gashugi scored in the 56th minute to bring the score to 1-1 before Nkubana netted the winning goal four minutes later.

Elsewhere in Group A, Aspor edged former Azam Rwanda Premier League side La Jeunesse 2-1 to stretch their perfect start to a three-game winning run while Sorwathe and Vision played out a 1-all draw.

After three match rounds, Aspor are top of the log with a maximum nine points, two ahead of second-placed Gasogi United.

Intare, who thumped Interforce 3-0, top Group B with 9 points, and are followed by Pepiniere – who beat Hope FC 2-1 – with seven points.

Second Division League, Match Day 3 Results
Group A,Saturday, December 29, 2018

SEC Academy 1-2 Gasogi United
La Jeunesse FC 1-2 ASPOR FC
Sorwathe FC 1-1 Vision FC

Sunday, December 30, 2018
Gasabo United 0-3 UR FC
Vision JN FC 2-3 Rugende FC
Akagera FC 0-3 Esperance FC

Group B, Saturday, December 29
Interforce FC 0-3 Intare FC
Miroplast FC (Repos)
Etoile de l'est FC 1-0 Heroes FC
Pepiniere FC 2-1 Hope FC
Unity FC 0-1 Rwamagana City

Sunday, December 30, 2018
United Stars 4-1 Gitikinyoni FC
Photo Caption: Skipper Marc Nkubana, seen here talking to his teammates at half-time, scored the winning goal as Gasogi overcame SEC Academy 2-1 at Kicukiro Stadium on Saturday. Julius Ntare.
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CAF CC: Mukura VS draw Sudanese giants Al Hilal Omdurman

By Mugabe

Rwanda's lone representative in the CAF Interclubs Competitions, Mukura VS has been drawn against Sudanese most successful club Al Hilal Omdurman in the second 1/16th round of the Total CAF Confederation Cup 2018/19.

The draw procedure for the draw of the second 1/16th round of the Total CAF Confederation Cup was held on Friday evening at the Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo, Egypt.

The Huye-based side will head to Khartoum for the first leg against Al Hilal Omburman in the weekend of January 11-13, 2019 before hosting the return at Stade Huye in the weekend of January 18-20, 2019.

To reach the second 1/16th round, Mukura VS knocked out Sudanese side Al Hilal Obeid 5-4 on penalties shootouts following a goalless draw, in regular time, in a nail-biting and dramatic game staged on December 21 at Stade Huye.

Their opponents Al Hilal Omburman were knocked by Tunisian side Club Africain in the CAF Total Champions League to drop into the confederation Cup round.

They lost the first leg 3-0 before managing a 1-all draw in the return leg to bow out 4-1 on aggregate. Al Hilal Omburman has ten appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup and managed to reach in the group stage of the 2018 edition.

The Peace Cup holders, Mukura VS, are taking part in the continental showpiece for the first time in 18 years, since 2000 when they were knocked out from the first round by Ethiopian side Awassa City.

The winners of the second 1/16th round of the Total CAF Confederation Cup will progress to the lucrative group stage, whose action is slated for February, 2019.

CAF Confederation Cup
2nd 1/16th Round Fixtures

Al Hilal (Sudan) vs Mukura VS (Rwanda)
Gor Mahia (Kenya) vs New Stars de Douala (Cameroon)
Al Ahly Bengazi (Libya) vs Nasser Hussein Dey (Algeria)
Nkana FC (Zambia) vs FC San Pedro (Cote d'Ivoire)
Zesco United (Zambia) vs Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa)
Stade Malien (Mali) vs Athletico Petroleurs (Angola)
Raja Casablanca (Morocco) vs African Stars (Namibia)
Coton Sport FC (Cameroon) vs Ashante Kotoko (Ghana)
Zamalek (Egypt) vs FC Tanger (Morocco)
KCCA (Uganda) vs AS Otoho (Congo)
Bantu FC (Lesotho) vs Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)
CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) vs Vipers SC (Uganda)
AS Nasr (Libya) vs Salitas FC (Burkina Faso)
Jimma Aba Jiffar (Ethiopia) vs Hassania Agadir (Morocco)
RS Berkane (Morocco) vs ASC Jaraaf (Senegal)

Seven-Year Strategic Technical Development Plan to roll out in January

By Mugabe

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) will roll out the seven-year strategic technical development plan (2019-2015) aimed at enhance football development across the country in January, 2019.

The FERWAFA President Sekamana Jean Damascene confirmed the development in end of year press conference held on Thursday at FERWAFA House in Remera, Kigali City.

The press conference was also attended by the FERWAFA vice president Habyarimana Marcel, Executive Committee members namely Eng. Nshimiyimana Alexis Redamptus (Technical Development), Gumisiriza Hillary (Legal), Rwakunda Quinta (Marketing) and Michel Gasingwa (Refereeing), Secretary General Uwayezu F. Regis, Communications Specialist Mugabe Bonnie and other FERWAFA Staff.

β€œThe strategic technical development plan for the next seven years is being finalized and we want it to be launched in January 2019 when the new school calendar begins,”

β€œWe will start with pilot schools in selected sectors of each district in situated in different zones across the country. We intend to start holding coaching courses for the chosen schools' coaches from January 2-13, 2019,” added Sekamana.

The Youth Development Plan will start by enabling every talented youth in football all over the country to develop and reach their full potential, whatever level that might be, while instilling our own football philosophy and style.

For a period of 7 years, various extensive training will be provided to youth coaches, referees, talent detectors, First Aid, club administrators; increase participation in grassroots football, enhancing the standard and performance of our leagues and participating and reaching the final phase in the -upcoming- U15, U17, U20 international competitions.

In January, in partnership with Ministry of education, FERWAFA will hold U-15, U-17 and U-20 competition in primary schools such to tap in new talents at stake.

Each among the four zones across the country will be represented by 30 schools drawn from selected sectors. The four zones are split accordingly: Zone North-West, Zone South-West, Zone East and Zone Kigali.

Each zone will play preliminary round matches comprised of three groups, consisting of ten schools each. At the end of the contest, each zone will be represented by two winners who will proceed to play the final matches.

After this tournament, 30 best players will be selected to constitute the U-15, U-17 and U-20 age National teams.

The FERWAFA president also highlighted some of the activities done in the first eight months since they took over the mandate of governing Rwandan football.

Regular workshops to educate new aspiring coaches to learn how to organize, structure and develop basic sessions.

Some of the highlights include:
- Reviewing the existing rules and regulations such as the Statutes, internal rules and regulations, competition regulations among others

- Hosting successful CECAFA Women Challenge Cup in July: Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Queens won the 2018 edition of the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup while hosts Rwanda finished fifth tied on four points with Kenya.

- Hosting a successful eighth meeting of the FIFA Council on October 26, 2018, where the members of FIFA's strategic and decision-making body discussed a number of pivotal aspects regarding the future of FIFA competitions.

- Review of Azam contract: FERWAFA and Azam Pay TV management met in a one-day retreat on October 31 at HΓ΄tel des Mille Collines. Among key decisions agreed that will be reflected in the first addendum of the binding contract between FERWAFA and Azam Pay TV Limited which holds the broadcaster and title holder rights of the Azam Rwanda Premier League, includes:

- Setting up a detailed set of rules and operating standards which shall be mutually agreed upon and respected by clubs featuring in the Azam Rwanda Premier League.

- With regards to the coverage of the site pitch banners, the following proportion allowed shall be observed by the respective Parties involved as follows:

β€’Title right holder - 30%,
β€’Broadcasting rights holder - 30%,
β€’FERWAFA - 20% and
β€’Host club - 20% for their official sponsors as recognized by FERWAFA)

- FERWAFA shall abide by the Azam Pay TV Policy which prohibits any display of advertisement like alcohol, tobacco or gambling. This limitation shall not apply to clubs individual sponsors.

- All clubs participating in the Azam Rwanda Premier League will have ARPL logo put on the left side of their away and home jerseys. In the event of non-compliance and non-adherence to the display of Azam's Logo, concerned clubs will be fined as mentioned in the operating standards.

The above mentioned addendum comes into force following its signature by the concerned parties (FERWAFA & Azam Pay TV).

On August 24, 2015, Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) and Azam Pay TV signed a $2.35 million deal to sponsor Rwanda Premier League and officially become the broadcast partner of Ferwafa.

Among other events, Azam Pay TV has the broadcasting rights of the Super Cup Event, Peace Cup, the annual Azam Awards and any national team friendly match organized on the Rwandan territory.

- Review of Connectik contract: FERWAFA and Connectik Management reviewed the existing the contract of the e-Ferwafa Mobile Application, a first African app dedicated to the strengthening of Rwandan Football. Its new launch is expected in January 2019.

The e-Ferwafa, which is the first digital one stop dedicated to foo6tball in Africa, gathers all the stakeholders and fans of football on one single platform.

- Ensuring the participation of National Teams (U-17, U-20, U-23, Senior Men and Women National team and developmental side) in continental and friendly engagements. Though qualification to continental finals was not achieved, FERWAFA will continue to engage the national teams in various competitions so as to gain more exposure with a view of building more competitive national teams for future competitions.

- Reviewing FERWAFA Hotel Project: Due to financing issue, the FERWAFA management is working on a new concept that that will turn the FERWAFA Hotel Project into a National Technical Center. The newly thought-about National Technical Center concept will combine both the hotel and technical aspect so as to realize the mission of the project. This new concept will help in creation of new talents via an owned FERWAFA academy while generating funds through the accommodation of national teams. Revenues will be directed into other sectors of football development in Rwanda.

- Rwandan Clubs on the continent. Rayon Sports played in the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup for the first time. They reached the quarter final round while playing with the biggest clubs on the continent and this gave them added experience.

Currently, Mukura VS is on the verge of reaching the 2018/19 group stage round should they win their play-off round encounter whose action will be in January 2019.

- Encouraging many more Rwandan players based abroad to play for Rwanda national teams. French-Rwandan born striker Saint-Etienne forward Kevin Monnet-Paquet expressed his desire to play for Rwanda while many youth players have been called up to play for Rwanda's junior teams. FERWAFA will continue to encourage many more young players based abroad to play for Rwanda since their experience and exposure is vital for our national teams to have a major impact in African football tournaments.

Focus in 2019
- Much emphasis will be put in ensuring that the seven-year strategic technical development plan is fully implemented such that both boys and girls can play and improve their skills from the grassroots level. Competitions in schools as a catchment to tap new talents, mapping all existing football centres across the country and organizing enough training courses for all responsible of grassroots festivals are among key aspects that will be realized.

- Different national teams will be engaged in regional and continental tournaments in bid to have competitive players.

- Focus will also be put in improving infrastructure facilities and building new facilities through partnership with different stakeholders.

- In bid to have qualified people in the field of football, education courses are lined up for people coaches, referees, media and human resource.
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Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 12 Fixtures

By Mugabe

Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 12 Fixtures
Friday, December 28, 2018

APR FC vs Gicumbi FC (Stade de Kigali)

Saturday, December 29, 2018
AS Muhanga vs AS Kigali (Stade Muhanga)
Etincelles FC vs Marines FC (Stade Umuganda)
Mukura VS vs Kirehe FC (Stade Huye)
Espoir FC vs SC Kiyovu (Rusizi Stadium)
Sunrise FC vs Musanze FC (Nyagatare Grounds)

Sunday, December 30, 2018
Rayon Sports FC vs Amagaju FC (Stade de Kigali)
Police FC vs Bugesera FC (Stade Kicukiro)

Match Day 12 Suspensions
1. Munyabuhoro Jean D'Amour (Bugesera FC)
2. Ndayishimiye Hussein (Espoir FC)
3. Mashirwa Kibengo Jimmy (AS Kigali)
4. Peter Otema (Police FC)
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Second Division League, Match Day 3 Fixtures

By Mugabe

Second Division League, Match Day 3 Fixtures
Group A
Saturday, December 29, 2018

SEC Academy vs Gasogi United (Kicukiro, 15:30)
La Jeunesse FC vs ASPOR FC (Mumena, 14:30)
Sorwathe FC vs Vision FC (Kinihira, 14:30)

Sunday, December 30, 2018
Gasabo United vs UR FC (Kicukiro, 13:00)
Vision JN FC vs Rugende FC (Umuganda Pitch 2, 14:30)
Akagera FC vs Esperance FC (Rwinkwavu, 13:00)

Group B, Saturday, December 29
Interforce FC vs Intare FC (Kicukiro, 13:00)
Miroplast FC (Repos)
Etoile de l'est FC vs Heroes FC (Ngoma, 14:30)
Pepiniere FC vs Hope FC (Ruyenzi, 14:30)
Unity FC vs Rwamagana City (Mageragere, 14:30)

Sunday, December 30, 2018
United Stars vs Gitikinyoni FC (Kabagari, 14:30)
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We are title contenders, declares Police coach

By Mugabe

Albert Joel Mphande, the Police FC head coach, has emphasized that his side are among the league title challengers as they gear up for Bugesera clash on Sunday.

Police will host Bugesera on eleventh day of the 2018-19 Azam Rwanda Premier League seeking to record a seventh victory this season, having so far won six, drawn two and lost twice in their first ten games.

The law enforcers are second on the 16-team league log with 20 points, five points adrift of champions APR. The latter have played one game less.

β€œWe have been doing well – despite a few upsets – this season and we have shown that we are capable of beating any team. We are among challengers for the league title,” said Zambian Mphande.

Mphande was appointed as Police head coach last season, taking over from Innocent Seninga.

β€œI have a good team, and talented players – and we keep getting better. We have been lacking consistency in our performances but I believe we are getting there, the aim is to stay focused and try winning every game till end of the season,” he added.

Police will hope that APR drop points against Gicumbi on Friday, which would give the former – if they beat Bugesera on Sunday – a chance to go two points within of the defending champions.
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CAF CC: Mukura VS to know Play-Off Round opponent on Friday

By Mugabe

MUKURA Victory Sports will on Friday this week know their opponent in the play-off round of the Total CAF Confederation Cup.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will hold the draw ceremony of the 30 qualified clubs who will contest in the play-off round on Friday in Cairo, Egypt.

The thirty qualified clubs include Rwanda's Mukura VS,Sudanese Al Hilal, Cameroon's Coton Sport and New Star, Kenya's Gor Mahia, Mali's Stade Malien, Libya's Al-Ahly Benghazi, Zambia's Nkana FC, Congo's AS Otoho, Ethiopia's Jimma Aba Jifar, Lesotho's Swatini's Bantu FC, Egypt's Al-Nasr SC, Zamalek, Morocco's Ittihad Tanger, Raja Casablanca RS Berkane and Hassania Agadir, Namibia's African Stars, Senegalese side ASC Diaraf, Uganda's Vipers SC and KCCA, Tunisia's CS Sfaxien, Algeria's NA Hussein Dey, Angola's Petro de Luanda, Burkina Faso's Faso Salitas, Ghana's Asante Kotoko, Cote d'Ivoire's FC San Pedro, Nigeria's Enugu Rangers and South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs.

The Huye-based side Mukura VS booked a slot in the play-offs round of the Total CAF Confederation Cup after beating Sudanese side Al Hilal SC Obayed 5-4 in penalty shootouts following a goalless draw, in regular time, in a nail-biting and dramatic game at Huye Stadium on Saturday.

Christophe Ndayishimiye, Onesme Twizerimana, Innocent Ndizeye, Iddy Saidi Djuma and Gael Duhayindavyi slotted in their penalties for the hosts to send Hilal Obayed packing.

Hilal Obayed's Yousuf Ibrahim, whose penalty hit the post, was the only taker who failed to convert his penalty.

Mukura could have scored in the second half to put the game to bed in regular time but Ndayishimiye, Frank Lomami, Nduhayindavyi and Hussein Ciza failed to make the difference from a string of clear chances.

This is the first time that the Huye-based outfit has progressed past the first round of the continent's second biggest club competition since their 1982 debut.

Francis Haringingo's reached the first round after edging out South Africa's Free State Stars in the preliminary round earlier this month.

The Peace Cup holders, Mukura VS, are taking part in the continental showpiece for the first time in 18 years, since 2000 when they were knocked out from the first round by Ethiopian side Awassa City.

The Play-off round action will begin in January with the first leg slated for January 11-13, 2019 while the return leg will be staged between January 18-20, 2019.

The winners of the Play-off round contest will progress to the lucrative group stage whose action is slated for February, 2019.

CAF Confederation Cup
First Round, Return Leg Results
Mukura VS 0-0 Hilal Elobeid (Agg. 0-0, Pen: 5-4)
Mtibwa Sugar 1-2 KCCA FC (Agg. 1-5)
Elgeco Plus 0-3 Kaizer Chiefs (Agg. 0-6)
NA Hussein Dey 2-1 Green Eagles (Agg. 2-1)
FC San Pedro 2-0 DC Motema Pembe (Agg. 3-1)
Salitas FC 0-0 Al Masry SC (Agg. 2-0)
Ittihad Tripoli 0-1 RS Berkane (Agg. 0-4)
Asante Kotoko SC 2-1 Kariobangi Sharks (Agg. 2-1)
Generation Foot 1-0 Hassania Agadir (Agg. 1-2)
Enugu Rangers 2-0 USM Bel Abbes (Agg. 2-0)
New Star Douala 0-0 Ahli Tripoli (Agg. 1-1)
Green Buffaloes 1-0 CS Sfaxien (Agg. 2-4)

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