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Today β€” July 21st 2018www.ferwafa.rw

Cecafa Women Challenge: Kayiranga urges players against complacency

By Mugabe

The national women's senior football team head coach Jean Baptiste Kayiranga has urged his players to remain β€˜humble and focused' ahead of their second Cecafa Senior Challenge game against Ethiopia on Monday.

The on-going regional tournament started on Thursday and will run through July 28 at Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo.

She-Amavubi got off to a flying start as they stunned defending champions Tanzania 1-0 on Thursday afternoon, courtesy of Alice Kalimba's header in the 34th minute.

β€œThe win over Tanzania is a fantastic start; we set the pace that we should keep throughout the tournament. If we can beat champions, then we can defeat anyone. However, the players need to remain grounded and determined till end of the championship – the target is to win all the games and lift the title unbeaten,” Kayiranga told Saturday Sport in a post-match interview.

He further added that, β€œWe showed zeal and character, absolutely the victory was a deserved one. If we keep the momentum, there will be no stopping us.”

In another game played on Thursday, Uganda also edged Kenya 1-0, thanks to a 7th minute striker from teenager Lillian Mutuuzo.

Action resumes today with the 2016 finalists Ethiopia facing Uganda at 2pm in search for first win while Kenya will be up against holders Tanzania at 4:30pm – both games at Kigali Stadium.

The hosts defending champions Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia are taking part in the Fifa-sponsored championship which will climax on July 28 in Kigali.

CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018
Fixtures/Results
Thursday, July 19

Kenya 0-1 Uganda – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Rwanda 0-1 Tanzania Mainland – (Stade de Kigali, 16:30)

Friday, July 20: Rest Day

Saturday, July 21
Ethiopia v Uganda – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Kenya v Tanzania – (Stade de Kigali, 16:30)

Sunday, July 22: Rest Day

Monday, July 23
Uganda v Tanzania – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Rwanda v Ethiopia – (Stade de Kigali, 16:30)

Tuesday, July 24: Rest Day

Wednesday, July 25
Kenya v Ethiopia – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Uganda v Rwanda – (Stade de Kigali, 16:30)

Thursday, July 26: Rest Day

Friday, July 27
Ethiopia v Tanzania – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Rwanda v Kenya – (Stade de Kigali, 16:30)

Photo: Rwanda international Clementine Mukamana clears the ball from She-Amavubi's box against Tanzania on Thursday as skipper Sifa Nibagwire( #17) and goalie Judith Nyirabashyitsi (#18) watch on. Courtesy.
Source: Newtimes.co.rw|Additional Reporting: Ferwafa.rw

Yesterday β€” July 20th 2018www.ferwafa.rw

Peace Cup: Police FC look to send APR FC packing

By Mugabe

ALBERT Joel Mphande, the head coach of Police FC, has challenged his players to be β€˜aggressive and vigilant' when they face APR this afternoon at Kicukiro Stadium in the first leg of the two sides' quarter-finals tie in Peace Cup.

The law enforcers will be hoping to get the most out of the first-leg clash as they bid to end their trophy drought since clinching the 2015 Peace Cup title.

Police will go into the game with an underdog tag, especially since finishing the 2017/2018 national football league in sixth position with 48 points, an alarming 18 points behind champions APR to extended their record to 17 titles in just 24 years.

However, Police's Zambian-born coach Mphande is optimistic his players have the quality and talent to overcome the military side – who on the other hand will be looking to recover from their disappointing performance at the 41st Cecafa Kagame Cup in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

β€œI believe we are capable of winning the title, we have what it takes. But that confidence will be tested on Friday (today) against APR, we have to be ready and prove to ourselves and our fans that there will be no stopping us,” a confident Mphande told Times Sport on Thursday.

He further admitted that, β€œI know it's going to be a tough call, Peace Cup is a tournament that means a lot to every contender. However, I also know that there is nothing we (Police) cannot achieve if we focus, and execute our game plan.”

On their way to winning their first Peace Cup title three years ago, Police edged out APR in semi-finals before stunning Rayon Sports 1-0 in the final.

Eric Ngendahimana scored the lone goal to hand Police their first major title.

However, speaking to Times Sport in a separate interview, APR's Serbian Coach Ljubomir Petrovic warned Police that his lads are fired up and keen on completing a double after claiming the Azam Rwanda Premier League title last month.

β€œIt is very fortunate that we are starting with first game”, the 72-year old tactician said.

The final of the Peace Cup tournament is scheduled for August 8 with winners earning the right to represent the country at the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup.

Peace Cup 2018
Quarter-finals (first-leg)
Friday

Police FC vs APR FC
Sunrise FC vs Bugesera FC
Mukura VS vs Amagaju FC

Saturday
Marines FC vs Rayon Sports FC

July 23: Return-leg
Bugesera FC vs Sunrise FC
Amagaju FC vs Mukura VS

July 24
Rayon Sports FC vs Marines FC

July 26
APR FC vs Police FC
Source:Newtimes.co.rw

Before yesterdaywww.ferwafa.rw

Rwanda registers bright start in Cecafa Women Challenge Cup

By Mugabe

Rwanda women's football team snatched a 1-0 win over reigning champions Tanzania to register a good start in the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup which started on Thursday at Stade de Kigali.

Rwanda earned the crucial victory courtesy of a 34th minute from Kalimba Alice who plays for the reigning Rwandan women league champions AS Kigali WFC.

In an earlier game which was staged at 14h00, Uganda Women National Team-Crested Cranes edged Kenya 0-1 courtesy of a 7th minute strike from teenager Lillian Mutuuzo.

After the first day, Rwanda and Uganda tops the standings with three points each.

The tournament Hosts Rwanda, defending champions Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia are taking part in the Fifa-sponsored championship which will climax on July 28 at Stade de Kigali.

Friday is a rest day with action resuming on Saturday at Stade de Kigali.

All matches are broadcasted live on Azam TV.

The tournament is being played on a league basis, the team topping the table declared winner.

CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018
Thursday Results

Kenya 0-1 Uganda
Rwanda 1-0 Tanzania Mainland
Source : Ferwafa.rw

Rwanda takes on Tanzania as CECAFA Women Challenge Cup kicks off today

By Mugabe

The long-awaited CECAFA Women Challenge Cup starts today in Kigali City, two days after all the participating nations landed in the country.

Hosts Rwanda, defending champions Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia will spice up the Fifa-sponsored championship running from July 19 to 28 at Stade de Kigali.

On the opening day of the regional tournament-today afternoon, Kenya takes on Uganda at 14h00 while Rwanda will be up against reigning champions Tanzania at 16:30.

At the 2016 edition in Uganda, the last time the tourney was held, Rwanda never progressed from the group stage as they suffered two identical 3-2 defeats at the hands of Tanzania and finalists Ethiopia.

All matches will be broadcasted live on Azam TV.

The tournament will be played on a league basis, the team topping the table will be declared the winner.

CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018
Fixtures
Thursday, July 19

Kenya v Uganda – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Rwanda v Tanzania Mainland – (Stade de Kigali, 16:30)

Friday, July 20: Rest Day

Saturday, July 21
Ethiopia v Uganda – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Kenya v Tanzania – (Stade de Kigali, 16:30)

Sunday, July 22: Rest Day

Monday, July 23
Uganda v Tanzania – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Rwanda v Ethiopia – (Stade de Kigali, 16:30)

Tuesday, July 24: Rest Day

Wednesday, July 25
Kenya v Ethiopia – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Uganda v Rwanda – (Stade de Kigali, 16:30)

Thursday, July 26: Rest Day

Friday, July 27
Ethiopia v Tanzania – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Rwanda v Kenya – (Stade de Kigali, 16:30)

Rayon Sport suffer first loss in Confed Cup

By Mugabe

Rwanda's Rayon Sports Fc suffered their first loss in the CAF Confederation Cup after going down 2-1 to Algeria's USM Alger in a Group D match staged at Stade de Kigali in Kigali City on Wednesday afternoon.

Rayon were looking for their first win in the group after opening their campaign with two draws and were hoping for a win at home.

The hosts started the encounter with guns blazing in search of an early goal, but they were not clinical upfront in the opening 20 minutes.

Following a number of attempts, it was Ismailla Diarra who found the back of the net with seven minutes to the interval to put the hosts ahead.

As they were looking to bag their second goal, Rayon allowed Alger to find their way back into the clash with Farouk Chafai's goal before half time.

Although Brazilian Coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves de Calmo looked to push for an early goal in the second half, the North Africans were disciplined at the back.

Alger's efforts were rewarded in the dying minutes of the clash when substitute Abdelraouf netted in injury time to ensure they bagged a win.

Oliveira's men now sit at number three in the group with two points from three matches.

The loss has seen Rwanda drop to third spot with two points while USM tops the group. Kenyan side mauled Tanzania's Young Africans 4-0 to secure number two in the group with five points behind USM Alger.

Rayon Sports will be looking for revenge in two weeks' time when they clash once more in the Confed Cup in Algiers on Sunday, July 29.
KT Sports

CAF CC: Rayon Sports takes on USM Alger in must-win clash

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports are optimistic for a home victory when they host USM Alger today in their third Group D game of the CAF Confederation Cup at Kigali Stadium.

Should the Blues upset the Algerian giants, they could rise to the summit of Group D with 5 points.

The 2015 CAF Champions League finalists take on Roberto Oliveira's side without full-back Meftah Rabai, midfielder Yaya Fouzi, and goalkeepers Ismail Mansouri and Mourad Berrefane. The quartet picked up minor injuries from their recent boot camp in Kenya.

Going into today's Group D fixtures that will also see Kenyan champions battling it out with Tanzania's Young Africans in Nairobi, USM Alger top the pool with 4 points, two ahead of second-placed Gor Mahia and third-placed Rayon Sports. Young Africans at the bottom of the four-team table with one point.

After registering two draws in the first two games against Gor Mahia and Young Africans, the eight-time Rwandan champions will be out seeking their for first victory to remain in the race for a top two finish to advance to the round of last eight.

On the other hand, USM Alger are yet to suffer a defeat in the group campaign and will do everything possible to stretch their unbeaten run to three games after recording one victory (4-0 over Young Africans) and one draw, a goalless draw with Gor Mahia in May.

Despite the fact that Rayon Sports are yet to lose a game at home in CAF competitions this year, most fans and pundits have tipped the visitors as pre-game favourites.

β€œWe are very much looking forward to USM Alger game, it's a match that will determine a lot about our future and chances in the group. I appeal to fans to come out in great numbers to back us up, their support will be of great importance,” Rayon Sports coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves de Calmo told Times Sport in a recent interview.

Group D has proved to be one of the groups where all the teams will find points on the road extremely hard to come by, regardless of their status.

β€œBeating USM Alger on Wednesday (today) would be a good turning point in our group campaign, especially since we would go top of the table (depending on what comes out of Gor Mahia Vs Young Africans) game. We consider it as a must-win game,” the Brazilian tactician added.

The game will also be a historic clash for the Algerian side and Rayon as both sides meet for the very first time in any competition.

Should USM Alger beat the hosts; the Algerians will almost certainly qualify for the next stage, which would mean a bun-fight between the CECAFA teams for a place in the quarter-finals.

CAF Confederation Cup
Group D
Today
Rayon
Sports vs USM Alger (Stade de Kigali, 6pm)
Gor Mahia vs Young Africans (Stade Kasarani,6pm)
Newtimes.co.rw

Rwanda set for CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018

By Mugabe

Rwanda is ready to host the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018 edition which gets underway on Thursday at Stade de Kigali.

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) Vice President Marcel Habyarimana confirmed the development in a press conference held on Monday at FERWAFA Headquarters in Remera.

He said, β€œWe are all set and ready to host a successful tournament-Cecafa Women Challenge Cup. With some teams already embarking on their trip to Kigali, all related facilities earmarked to host the tournament are in place,”

β€œWe have secured the needed funding for the tournament and we believe to host one of the best successful tournaments in the country,” added Habyarimana.

Habyarimana who was accompanied by the National Women Team head coach Kayiranga Jean Baptista and skipper Nibagwire Gloria Sifa urged fans to turn out in large numbers to support Rwanda's women national team as they seek to win the title on home soil.

Kayiranga who is optimistic on Rwanda's chances of staging triumphant performances said that the team's objective is to at least claim the championship accolade.

β€œI have belief in my squad players and based on their attitude and determination, I am confident they can proudly win the tournament,”

β€œWe need to go into the opening match against defending champions Tanzania with a confident mind and register a positive start if we are to realize our ambition,” added Kayiranga.

Skipper Nibagwire said, β€œWe have had good experience with all our opponents following the 2015 edition and despite having a short period of ample preparations; we are optimistic, determined and eager to make our nation and Rwandan women proud,”

β€œI am urging Rwandans to come in large numbers and support and we will do our level best to make them happy,” added Nibagwire.

Rwanda which has been undergoing non-residential intensive preparations since July 10 opens her regional account against reigning champions Tanzania on Thursday July 19 at 4:15pm at Stade de Kigali. On the same day, Kenya will take on Uganda in an earlier game at 2pm.

Action will resume on Saturday, July 21 with Ethiopia facing Uganda while Kenya will be up against Tanzania.

Rwanda will be back to action on Monday when they host Ethiopia after an earlier match between Uganda and Tanzania.

On Wednesday, July 25, Rwanda will battle Uganda as Kenya takes on Ethiopia before the final league-format matches which will see Rwanda hosting Kenya as Ethiopia takes on Tanzania on Friday, July 27 with the overall winner being crowned.

Teams expected to give Rwanda a good run for their money includes defending champions Tanzania who are eager to defend their throne, Kenya's Harambee Starlets, Uganda and Ethiopia respectively.

Last year, Tanzania won the title after edging Kenya in the final while Ethiopia overcame hosts Uganda to take third place. Rwanda could not qualify from the group stage round.

CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018
Fixtures
Thursday, July 19
Kenya vs Uganda (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Rwanda vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Friday, July 20: Rest Day

Saturday, July 21
Ethiopia v Uganda (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Kenya v Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Sunday, July 22: Rest Day

Monday, July 23
Uganda vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Rwanda vs Ethiopia (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Tuesday, July 24: Rest Day

Wednesday, July 25
Kenya vs Ethiopia (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Uganda vs Rwanda (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Thursday, July 26: Rest Day

Friday, July 27
Ethiopia vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Rwanda vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

CAF CC: Rayon Sports gear up for USM Alger clash

By Mugabe

RAYON Sports are optimistic getting their first group victory in the 2018 Total CAF Confederation Cup when they host Algerian side USM Alger on July 18 in Kigali.

The two sides have never met in any competition.

After registering two consecutive draws against Gor Mahia of Kenya and Tanzania's Young Africans, Rayon play their third Group D game against the Algerian giants while elsewhere in the group, Young Africans will be visiting Gor Mahia.

Ahead of match-day 3 fixtures, USM Alger top Group D with 4 points, Gor Mahia and Rayon Sports are second and third with two points apiece, while Young Africans are bottom with one point.

β€œWe are very much looking forward to USM Alger tie; it's a match that will determine a lot about our future and chances in the group. Winning it would be a very good turning point in our continental football campaign. We want to give it our best shot for a home victory,” Rayon Sports' Brazilian coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves de Calmo told Sunday Sport on Saturday.

He added: β€œWe failed our mission in Cecafa Kagame Cup, which was to win it. But at the same time we drew positives from the tournament, now I know my players better and how to line them up in big games.”

Anything less than a victory against USM Alger will see Rayon Sports' chances of reaching the quarter-finals wane.

β€œIt's important that we remain in the contention but it will be tough against a big team like USM Alger, but we're well prepared for the task.” he further noted.

The Blues became the first Rwandan side to reach the group stages of any continental competition in April after overcoming Costa do Sol of Mozambique 3-2 on aggregate to reach the group stages of the Confederation Cup.

The former Rwandan champions are in Group D alongside Gor Mahia, Young Africans and Algerian giants USM Alger.

Meanwhile, the Algerian side USM Alger arrived in the country on Saturday and is currently residing at Grand Legacy Hotel in Kigali City.

The team will hold their official training session on Tuesday evening at Stade de Kigali ahead of their Wednesday's clash with Rayon Sports FC.

Photo: Rayon Sports players chat during a previous match. They will face Algerian side USM Alger on July 18 in Kigali. Sam Ngendahimana.
Source: Newtimes.co.rw| Additional Reporting: Ferwafa.rw

Iddi dismantles Simba as sleek Azam FC retains CECAFA title

By Mugabe

Who can stop Iddi? This was the lingering question on the lips of pundits and fans alike as the marauding Azam Fc dangerman was at his destructive best yet again on a tense evening at the National Stadium here in Dar es Salaam bagging a brace, the second, a beautifully driven free kick in the 70th minute as Azam powered 2-1 past Simba SC to retain the Cecafa Kagame Cup title.

With a foul awarded 25 yards out, Iddi stepped up guiding his effort with a aplomb to silence the Simba crowd that was still on celebratory mood after Meddie Kagere had hauled them level seven minutes earlier.

But even the early goal of Azam was thanks to the effort of Iddi, the man with the midas touch, whose every touch of the ball has lightened this competition.

On the 33rd minute, he broke the deadlock with a glanced header from a Ramadhan Singano corner.

The goal, magic as its scorer, hauled Shabani's goal return to eight in the competition, and in five games, having been rested in the semis, this being a remarkable feat, before he broke his own record again in the second half by stretching the tally to nine.

With Simba trailing from his early goal, and when it seemed all hope was lost for the Msimbazi Reds, and patience wearing thin, their marque Rwandan signing Meddie Kagere struck in the 63rd minute, reacting fastest to drive home after an intial effort by Rashid Mohamed had been blocked in the box.

Simba had begun shaky with Pascal Wawa nearly heading into his own net in the 17th minute; it was a glancing header, taken with much power, the purpose to clear the danger,but which nearly turned catastrophic.

After the break, the level of the game dropped, degenerating into a scrappy affair but it was Iddi, the Tenerife FC bound attacker in Spain, who was still Azam`s most potent weapon, forcing Simba SC goalie Deo Dida to a fantastic save at the hour mark before Marcel Kaheza replied for the latter in the opposite end, his effort landing on the wrong side of the net.

But even so, the margin could have been wider for Azam had Azam goalie Razak Habalola not skied a stoppage time penalty skyward.

Courtesy of the victory, Azam FC held onto their good defending to retain the title they won in 2015 when they beat Gor Mahia 2-0, taking home the trophy and USD$30,000 as Simba SC took second place to secure USD$20,000.

Kenyan side Gor Mahia beat JKU SC 2-0 for a third-place play-off 2-0 took home USD$ 10,000, all cash prizes are courtesy of President Paul Kagame annual sponsorship since 2002.

Cecafa Kagame Cup 2018
Third-Place Play-Off
July 13, 2018

Gor Mahia 2-0 JKU

Final
Azam FC 2-1 Simba SC
Source: citizentv.co.ke|Additional Reporting: Ferwafa.rw

2018 Peace Cup Competition: Updated Fixtures

By Mugabe

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has released an updated schedule of the remaining competitive rounds of the 2018 Peace Cup Competition.

According to the new schedule, quarter-final round of the competition will be played on July 20 and 21 with the first leg matches while the return leg matches will be played on July 23, 24 & 26 respectively.

The winners will proceed to meet the two-legged semi-final round due on August 3 & 4 with the first leg action while the return leg will be played on August 8 & 9 respectively.

The final and third-place matches are set for August 12 when the eventual champion will be crowned.

The Peace Cup quarter final and semi-final matches are subject to change depending on FERWAFA Competition Regulations.

APR FC, the 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League champions, who are still in contention of the title are reigning champions.

The winner will represent Rwanda in the CAF Confederation Cup whose preliminary round matches are set to begin late this year.

2018 Peace Cup Competition
Quarter Final Round
First Leg Fixtures
July 20, 2018

Police FC vs APR FC (Stade Kicukiro)
Mukura VS vs Amagaju FC (Stade Huye)
Sunrise FC vs Bugesera FC (Nyagatare)

July 21, 2018
Marines FC vs Rayon Spots FC (Stade Umuganda)

Return Leg Matches
July 23, 2018

Bugesera FC vs Sunrise FC (Nyamata)
Amagaju FC vs Mukura VS (Nyagisenyi)

July 24, 2018
Rayon Sports FC vs Marines FC (Stade de Kigali)

July 26, 2018
APR FC vs Police FC (Stade Amahoro)

Semi-final Round
1st Leg:
August 3 & 4, 2018
2nd Leg: August 8 & 9, 2018

Final &3rd Place: August 12, 2018
NB: All Peace Cup matches kick-off at 15:30

Source: Ferwafa.rw

Accreditation for the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup, Rwanda 2018

By Mugabe

The Council of Central and East Africa Football Association (CECAFA) announce that the media accreditation process for the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup, Rwanda 2018 is underway until Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

The CECAFA Women Challenge Cup, Rwanda 2018, will be held from 19 July to 27 July, 2018 at Stade de Kigali in Kigali City.

Media interested in covering the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup, Rwanda 2018 should send their applications for accreditation via this email: [email protected].

The application for accreditation should include Application Letter, Country, Media House and One photo passport size.

All applications are subject to confirmation. Confirmation will NOT be on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course.

Furthermore, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for securing their own visas (where necessary) to Rwanda.

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants MUST BE holders of their own media house identity cards. It is a requirement before accreditation is issued.

For further inquiries, contact:
CECAFA Media Manager
Mr. Gishinga Njoroge
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +254 722 797 749

CECAFA Media Officer
Mr. Bonnie Mugabe
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +250 788438743

Kagere strikes again as Simba sink JKU to set up Azam final duel

By Mugabe

Meddie Kagere's 44th minute goal sent Tanzanian champions Simba into the Cecafa Kagame Cup final after seeing off Zanzibar champions Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) 1-0 in the semi-final at National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Simba face defending champions Azam FC, who beat Gor Mahia 2-0 after extra time in the other semi-final at the same venue, in an all-Tanzanian final slated for Friday with USD $ 30,000 up for grabs. The runners up gets USD $ 20,000.

JKU play Kenyan giants Gor Mahia in the third-place playoff whose winner gets USD $ 10,000. The prize money is courtesy of continued sponsorship from Rwanda President HE Paul Kagame since 2002.

Ghanaian right back Nicholas Gyan latched onto a loose ball in the middle of the park to drive forward before setting up Kagere who unleashed a ferocious shot past JKU custodian Mohammed Abrahman.

Kagere, who has netted three goals in four appearances for Simba barely a week after joining the side from Gor Mahia, could have claimed a brace at the hour mark but missed the target narrowly with the goalkeeper to beat.

JKU's attempts to find the equaliser were thwarted by a vigilant Simba defence led by veteran Paschal Wawa and Captain Mohamed Hussein β€œTshabalala”.

Simba eliminated Djibouti side AS Ports by a solitary goal in the quarter-final on Sunday while JKU knocked out Singida United 4-3 on post-match penalties after a 0-0 draw in 120 minutes.

Cecafa Kagame Cup 2018
Friday, July 13, 2018
Third Place

Gor Mahia vs JKU – 2pm

Final
Azam FC vs Simba SC – 5pm
Source: Nation Media | Additional Info: Ferwafa.rw

Three Rwandan Referees selected For CECAFA Women Challenge Cup

By Mugabe

Three Rwandan women referees have been picked to handle the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018 which will be staged in Kigali City from July 19-27.

The trio include: FIFA Under-20 Women World Cup candidate referee Mukasanga Salma Rhadia who was picked among the five center referees for the tournament.

The other centre referees from other countries named for the competition include Jonesia R. Kabakama (Tanzania), Lidya Tafesse Abebe (Ethiopia), Nabada Shamilah (Uganda) and Carolyne Wanjala (Kenya)

The remaining Rwandan duo of Sandrine Murangwa and Francine Ingabire will officiate among other assistant referees lined up for the tournament namely; Wogayehu Zewdu Bizuayehu (Ethiopia), Mary Njoroge (Kenya), Lydia Nantabo (Uganda) and Tanzanian Hellen Mduma.

Meanwhile, Rwanda National Women Football Team is engaged in intensive preparations ahead of this year's CECAFA Women's Championship.

Twenty four players were summoned by head coach Kayiranga Jean Baptista on Tuesday to start residential training at La Palisse Hotel in Nyamata.

The team will train until July 18, a day before they take on reigning champions Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Queens in the opening match of the regional tournament, which is scheduled to kick-off at 16:15 at Stade de Kigali.

The Rwandan ladies will be back to action on Monday July 23 when they host Ethiopia at 16:15, then face Uganda on Wednesday July 25 before concluding their campaign on Friday July 27 against Kenya.

The majority of the players summoned have been withdrawn from reigning National Women League champions AS Kigali WFC, league runners-up Scandinavia WFC and Kamonyi WFC and Rambura WFC respectively.

The former AS Kigali player Mukamana Clementine who plies her trade with Tanzania's Kigoma Sisters is the only foreign-based player summoned to beef up the women squad.

Rwanda, who didn't progress past the group stage, will be aiming to win the tournament but will face strong opposition from defending champions Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya who have had competitive women's teams in recent continental and global qualifiers.

Tanzania won the title after edging Kenya in the final while Ethiopia overcame hosts Uganda to take third place in the 2016 edition held in Uganda.

CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018
Fixtures
Thursday, July 19

Kenya v Uganda – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Rwanda v Tanzania Mainland – (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Friday, July 20: Rest Day

Saturday, July 21
Ethiopia v Uganda – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Kenya v Tanzania – (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Sunday, July 22: Rest Day

Monday, July 23
Uganda v Tanzania – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Rwanda v Ethiopia – (Stade de Kigali, 16 :15)

Tuesday, July 24: Rest Day

Wednesday, July 25
Kenya v Ethiopia – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Uganda v Rwanda – (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Thursday, July 26: Rest Day

Friday, July 27
Ethiopia v Tanzania – (Stade de Kigali, 14:00)
Rwanda v Kenya – (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)
KT Press

CAF U-17 Qualifiers: Rwanda to kick-off campaign against Sudan

By Mugabe

Rwanda's national Under-17 team, Junior Wasps, will kick-off their campaign for the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations qualifiers, Zonal Qualifiers for CECAFA region against Sudan on August 11, 2018 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Rwanda has been pooled in Group A alongside hosts Tanzania, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan in Group A while Group B is composed of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan.

The Junior Wasps will kick-off their campaign against Sudan on August 11 at the National Stadium.

They will then take on Burundi on August 13 in Chamazi, then Somalia on August 16 before finalizing their group stage campaign against hosts Tanzania on August 21 at National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Addressing the media on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Cecafa Secretary Nicholas Musonye said, β€œThe CAF U-17 Zonal qualifiers for the CECAFA region will be held in August and hosts Tanzania are ready to host the qualifying tournament. Participating teams are urged to prepare well such that we can be able to have strong representatives in the final tournament next year,”

The overall winner of the two-week competition will join seven other teams at the tournament to be hosted by Tanzania next year.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) said in July last year that the qualifying competition will be split into regions.

Apart from the hosts, each of the six zones receives one spot in the final tourney and the zone of the defending champions gets an additional spot.

Mali from the West-A Zone is the defending champions.

CAF U-17 Zonal Qualification-CECAFA Qualifier
Group A:
Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan
Group B: Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Djibouti

Group A Fixtures
August 11

Rwanda vs Sudan
Tanzania vs Burundi

August 13
Sudan vs Somalia
Burundi vs Rwanda

August 16
Somalia vs Rwanda
Sudan vs Tanzania

August 18
Burundi vs Sudan
Tanzania vs Somalia

August 21
Somalia vs Burundi
Rwanda vs Tanzania
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Rwanda starts camp ahead of CECAFA Women Challenge Cup

By Mugabe

Rwanda National Women Football Team Head Coach Kayiranga Jean Baptista has summoned 24 players to begin preparations on Tuesday ahead of this year's CECAFA Women's Championship which kicks off on July 19 in Kigali City.

The 24 summoned players joined camp on Monday evening at La Palisse Hotel, Nyamata and will open their preparations with an early fitness test on Tuesday morning at Stade de Kigali.

The team will train until July 18, a day before they take on reigning champions Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Queens in the opening match of the regional tournament, which is scheduled to kick-off at 16:15 at Stade de Kigali.

The Rwandan ladies will be back to action on Monday July 23 when they host Ethiopia at 16:15, then face Uganda on Wednesday July 25 before concluding their campaign on Friday July 27 against Kenya.

The majority of the players summoned have been withdrawn from reigning National Women League champions AS Kigali WFC, league runners-up Scandinavia WFC and Kamonyi WFC and Rambura WFC respectively.

The former AS Kigali player Mukamana Clementine who plies her trade with Tanzania's Kigoma Sisters is the only foreign-based player summoned to beef up the women squad.

Rwanda, who didn't progress past the group stage, will be aiming to win the tournament but will face strong opposition from defending champions Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya who have had competitive women's teams in recent continental and global qualifiers.

Tanzania won the title after edging Kenya in the final while Ethiopia overcame hosts Uganda to take third place in the 2016 edition held in Uganda.

Rwanda Women National Football Team Provision List
Goalkeepers:
Nyirabashyitsi Judith (AS Kigali WFC), Umubyeyi Zakia (Scandinavia Wfc) & Uwizeyimana Helene (AS Kigali WFC)

Defenders: Mukantaganira Joselyne (AS Kigali WFc), Murorunkwere Claudine (Rambura WFc), Kayitesi Alody (AS Kigali Wfc), Uwamahoro Marie Claire (AS Kigali Wfc), Umulisa Edith (Scandinavia Wfc), Maniraguha Louise (AS Kigali Wfc), Umwizera Angelique (AS Kigali Wfc), Mukamana Clementine (Kigomo Sisters Wfc, Tanzania) and Mutuyimana Albertine (Kamonyi Wfc)

Midfielders: Uwimbabazi Immaculee (Kamonyi Wfc), Nibagwire Sifa Gloria (Scandinavia Wfc), Kalimba Alice (AS Kigali Wfc), Mukeshimana Jeanette (AS Kigali Wfc), Nyiramwiza Martha (AS Kigali Wfc) and Uwamahoro Marie Claire (AS Kigali Wfc).

Forwards: Ibangarye Anne Marie (Scandinavia Wfc), Umwariwase Dudja (AS Kigali Wfc), Nibagwire Libery (AS Kigali Wfc), Iradukunda Callixte (AS Kigali Wfc), Uwamahoro Beatrice (Kamonyi Wfc) and Kankindi Fatuma (Scandinavia Wfc)

Technical Team:
Kayiranga Jean Baptista (Head Coach), Mbarushimana Shaban (Assistant Coach), Umunyana Seraphine (Assistant Coach), Maniraguha Claude (Goalkeeper Coach), Uwimana Claudine (Physiotherapist), Kayishakire Hadidja (Team Manager) and Uwase Ange Nicole (Kit Manager)

Training Schedule:
Tuesday, July 10

8h00: Fitness Test
16h00: Endurance Training

Wednesday, July 11
15h30: Training

Thursday, July 12
8h30 & 16h00: Training

Friday, July 13
15h30: Training

Saturday, July 14
9h00: Match Evaluation

Sunday, July 15
Rest Day

Monday, July 17
9h00: Rest
15h30: Training

Tuesday, July 18
15h30: Training
16:00: Rest
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Rayon Sports knocked out of CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports, Rwanda's representative in this year's edition of the Cecafa Kagame Cup suffered a disappointing exit from the regional tournament after suffering a 1-4 defeat to reigning champions Azam FC on Monday.

Poor defending and goalkeeping tactics enabled Tanzanian and Azam Fc striker Shabani to write a new chapter in the CECAFA Kagame Cup history by becoming the only player to have scored four goals in a single match.

The prolific Shabani, who is on his way to Spanish side Tenerife broke the deadlock in the 18th minute as he scored a superb header. He doubled the lead in the 33rd minute after beating poor defending from Saddam Hussein to shot past Ndayisenga Kassim.

The skilful striker earned a hat trick for himself in the 39th minute as he struck a sharp shot outside the goal area, beating Ndayisenga again.

Shabani was again on the score sheet in the 64th minute when he picked a ball on a counter attack, beating Mugabo Gabriel to score easily past Ndayisenga.

Rayon Sports secured their only consolation goals in the 42nd minute courtesy of a header from Rwatubyaye Abdul and a 81st minute strike from Manishimwe Djabel.

The Rayon Sports Brazilian coach Oliveira Goncalves Do Carmo brought in Cameroonian Christ Mbondi to boost their striking options but their efforts could not yield anything over the Tanzanian side other than exit the tournament.

The exit of Rayon Sports FC from this year's edition of CECAFA Kagame Cup means that no Rwandan side will have a chance to vie for a share of the $60,000 USD prize money staked by President Paul Kagame following the group stage elimination of Azam Rwanda Premier League champions APR FC.

In the other quarter final match, Zanzibar's JKU eliminated Tanzanian side Singida United 4-3 on penalties following a barren draw after extra time.

In Sunday's quarter final matches, Simba sealed their place at the semis thanks to a lone goal victory over AS Ports of Djibouti. The only goal came on 66 minutes courtesy Mohammed Rashid.

Cecafa Kagame Cup 2018
Semi-final Round
Wednesday, July 11

Azam FC vs Gor Mahia
Simba SC vs JKU

Rayon Sport ready for Azam test in Kagame Cup Quarters

By Mugabe

Rwandan side Rayon Sports Fc are eager to take on defending champions Azam FC in the third quarter-final of the Cecafa Kagame Cup on Monday at the National Stadium here in Dar es Salaam with eyes fixed on the last four.

Rayon Sports, Rwanda's representative in this year's edition of the Cecafa Kagame Cup collide with Tanzanian club Azam FC at the National Stadium from 3pm local time.

The Blues know that bragging rights and an automatic ticket to the semis is at stake but to earn it, it will demand a real good fight to achieve this mission.

Skipper Kwizera Pierro told KT Sports on Sunday that his side to do the needful and qualify to the semi-final round.

β€œWe are facing defending champions Azam FC on Monday and we know the kind of opposition we will meet. It is going to be a tough match but we are ready to fight for our objective of reaching the final,” added Kwizera.

The 1998 champions, Rayon Sports, qualified as Group B runners-up to Kenyan side Gor Mahia based on Fifa Fair Play rule after collective five points.

The two teams tied on points, goals scored and conceded but Gor accumulated less yellow cards, (four) compared to Rayon who picked five in the three group games. The Blues face Azam FC who finished first in Group β€œA” on seven.

At the same venue, another Tanzanian side Singida United will take on JKU of Zanzibar from 6pm with each angling for a semis ticket.

The winners of the matches will face off in the semis on Wednesday at the National Stadium.

Meanwhile, Kenyan side Gor Mahia and Tanzanian giants won to set-up a mouthwatering semi-final on Wednesday.

Gor Mahia defeated Uganda's Vipers SC 2-1 courtesy of Jacques Tuyisenge and Mustafa Francis goals to reach the last four while Simba SC edged AS Ports of Djibouti 1-0 to edge closer to the title.

CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018
Quarter Final Round
Sunday Results

Gor Mahia 2-1 Vipers SC
Simba SC 1-0 AS Ports

Monday fixtures
Azam FC vs Rayon Sports (National Stadium, 3pm)
Singida United vs Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU)- (National Stadium, 6pm)
KT Sports

30 local coaches set for FIFA Grassroots Coaching Clinic

By Mugabe

A total of 30 local coaches from different academies and technical centre will be engaged in a FIFA Grassroots Football Coaching Course at Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) headquarters in Remera from Monday, July 9-13, 2018.

The course initiated by the World football governing body (FIFA) in partnership with FERWAFA is aimed at developing youthful football in the country through training coaches who will pass these tactics down to young players from different technical centres as a way to tap, nurture and groom talent in the country.

The five-day course will be conducted by FIFA Instructor Ulric Mathiot from Seychelles.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

FERWAFA names Habimana as New Technical Director

By Mugabe

Rwanda soccer governing body, FERWAFA has named Rwandan Habimana Hussein as the Technical Director.

On June 29th, an oral interview for the position of Director of Technical Development was conducted at FERWAFA with a selection of four candidates.

After carefully analyzing their application files in comparison to the requirements for the position of Director of Technical Development position, six candidates were shortlisted. Uwambaza Jean Marie Vianney is the only candidate who didn't attend the interview session.

The shortlisted candidates included Mbabazi Alain, Habimana Hussein, Muhire Hassan, Seninga Innocent, Rukundo Eugene and Uwambaza Jean Marie Vianney.

The interview questions were centered on presentation and language skills, specific knowledge, methodology/strategies and general football knowledge.

Following a review of the marking sheets, Habimana Hussein emerged with the highest score card and therefore qualified to be the Director of Technical Development Position.

Key Tasks
The New Technical Director Habimana will be tasked with defining and leading the national technical development programmes, therefore preparing the future of Rwandan football.

He will develop a long-term vision and a technical strategy over several years in order to improve the level of the game within our country and achieve identified targets on and off the pitch.

He and his department are likewise in charge of the implementation of all activities related to technical development, as well as the control, monitoring and assessment.

In other words, he is for the technical side what the general secretary is for the management side. Habimana will have a number of key responsibilities for both men's and women's football related to mass football, coach education, elite football (men and women) as well as research and documentation.

Who is Habimana
Habimana is a Rwandan who holds a Bachelor's degree in Management from Universite Libre de Bruxelles obtained from Solvay, Brussels. He played for APR Academy from 1997-2002 and SC Kiyovu from 2003-04 before heading to Europe where he played for Belgium's RSC Anderlecht U-18-21 from 2004 – 2008, Belgium's second division side K Boom from 2009-10 and RFC from 2011-2013.

He joins FERWAFA having served on the Technical staff team of the Canadian Girls U17 (Elite) Girls development teams U16-U19-U21 in CS Mont-Royal Outremont. He has more than 5 years of coaching and development at various levels and age groups.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Kagame Cup 2018: Rayon Sports beat LLB to face Azam Fc in quarter final round

By Mugabe

Rwandan representative Rayon Sports Fc thrashed Burundian outfit Lydia Ludic 3-1 to set-up a quarter-final clash against reigning champions Azam Fc in the 2018 CECAFA Kagame Cup Tournament currently underway in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

On Thursday night, Rayon Sports were involved in a final Group B match against neighbours Lydia Ludic which was staged at Azam Sports Complex in Chamazi.

The Blues earned a deserved 3-1 victory courtesy of goals from centre back Rwatubyaye Abdul, Muhire Kevin and skipper Pierre Kwizera respectively.

Lydia Ludic earned their consolation goal through Ugandan import Dan Wagaluka.

In the other game held on the same night, Kenyan league champions Gor Mahia earned a 2-0 goal victory over AS Ports to secure five points courtesy of goals scored by Otieno Philemon and Charles Momanyi.

Rayon Sports and Gor Mahia finished joint top in Group B with five points to book quarter final slots as two best ranked table leaders.

AS Ports finish ranked third on four points while Lydia Ludic are ranked bottom of the standings with only one point.

To determined, Group B winner, CECAFA used a FIFA play Tie breaker rule which saw Gor Mahia topple the standings thanks to their 4 yellow cards secured in the group stage while Rayon Sports Fc who accumulated 5 yellow cards qualified to second slot.

Best Losers
Azam Rwanda Premier League champions APR Fc exited the tournament after AS Ports of Djibouti and JKU of Zanzibar qualified to the quarter-finals as the two losing sides.

Quarter-final line-up
The first quarter-final round matches are scheduled for Sunday with Kenyan side Gor Mahia taking on Ugandan league champions Vipers SC who finished second in Group A with five points.

In the other encounter, Tanzanian giants Simba SC who finished on top of Group C standings with 7 points will face AS Ports of Djibouti who finished as the second best loser in Group B with four points and a deficit of one goal.

Action will continue on Monday when Group A winners Azam FC will be up against Group B's first runner-up Rayon Sports FC before Group C first runner-up Singida United takes on the Zanzibar's JKU who qualified as the first best loser based to their third place finish in Group A with four points and a +1 goal difference.

Top Scorers
Rayon Sports skipper Pierre Kwizera is among the top three best ranked top scorers who have scored with three goals. He is joined by Azam Fc striker Iddi Shaabani and Simba SC's new signing Salamba Adam.

Meanwhile, a total of 52 goals have been scored in the 18 group matches played since June 29, 2018.

CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018
Group B Results
Thursday

AS Ports 0-2 Gor Mahia
Lydia Ludic 1-3 Rayon Sports FC

Group B Standing
TEAM P W L D GF GA GD PTS

GOR MAHIA 3 1 0 2 6 4 2 5
RAYON Sport 3 1 0 2 6 4 2 5
AS PORTS 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1 4
LYDIA LUDIC 3 0 1 1 3 4 -1 1

Quarter Final Round Fixtures
Sunday, 8/7/2018

Gor Mahia vs Vipers SC
Simba SC vs AS Ports

Monday, 9/7/2018
Azam FC vs Rayon Sports FC
Singida Utd vs JKU
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Intare FC crowned Second Division League champions

By Mugabe

Intare FC were on Wednesday crowned champions of the 2017/18 Second Division League champions after defeating AS Muhanga 2-1 in the final played on Wednesday night at Amahoro Stadium.

Intare FC rallied from a goal down to win the encounter. Bizimana Yannick put AS Muhanga ahead with a brilliant goal scored in the 8th minute.

Intare Fc equalized in the second half courtesy of a 61st minute strike from Byukusenge Jacob.

Mugunga Yves scored the winning goal in the 75th minute to which Intare FC players defended until the final whistle to win the title.

Intare FC and AS Muhanga will feature the 2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League, replacing Miroplast Fc and Gicumbi Fc who were relegated following a poor 2017/18 top flight league season.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Kagame Cup 2018: APR Fc thrash Dakadaha to secure maiden win

By Mugabe

Rwandan league champions APR Fc secured their first victory in the CECAFA Kagame Cup Tournament after thrashing Somali side Dakadaha 4-1 on Wednesday at National Stadium Chamazi, Tanzania.

The military side secured the deserved victory courtesy of a strike from skipper Iranzi Jean Claude in the 10th, a brace from Dennis Rukundo in the 13th and 19th minute and finally from Nkinzingabo Fiston in the 76th minute.

Dakadaha earned their consolation goal in the 4th minute through Mustafa Casolu's strike.

APR FC's victory comes a few days after they suffered identical 2-1 defeats to Singida United and Simba SC in their first two games.

In the other game, SC Simba was held to a 1-all draw to fellow Tanzanian league compatriots Singida United 4-1 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Meddie Kagere scored his second consecutive goal for his new side Simba in the 17th minute with a clinical header off a Nicholas Gyan cross from the right flank, the latter had weaved through three Singida players before curving in a cross that Kagere headed past former Simba custodian Peter Manyika.

Daniel Lyanga equalised with eight minutes to the breather, the Taifa Stars forward unleashing a bicycle kick from inside the area after Simba defenders failed to clear Habib Kyombo's shot that had ricocheted off the crossbar.

After the climax of Group C matches, Simba SC and Singida finish on seven points apiece though the former have a superior goal difference of five to Singida's two and will await to know their quarter final opponents after Thursday's final group games.

Rwanda's APR Fc finish third with three points and a +1 goal difference while Dakadaha FC are out of the competition after failing to garner a point in three matches to finish bottom of the standings.

Two Best Losers' Spot
APR Fc will have to wait until Thursday to know if they are qualified among the only best losers' spot available who will join the top two group leaders in the last eight.

Zanzibar's JKU secured the first available following their 2-1 loss to Azam FC, a result which left them in third spot with four points in Group A.

Reigning champions Azam FC tops the Group A with seven points, followed in second spot by Uganda's Vipers SC who have five points while JKU is in third spot with four points with Kator FC of South Sudan lying bottom of the group with no point in three matches played.

CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018
Wednesday Results
Group A

Vipers SC 3-0 Kator FC
Azam FC 2-1 JKU

Group C
APR FC 4-1 Dakadaha FC
SC Simba 1-1 Singida Utd
KT Press

CECAFA Women Cup 2018: Rwanda face Tanzania in the Opener

By Mugabe

Rwanda will face reigning champions Tanzania in their opening game of the 2018 Cecafa Women Challenge Cup that will be kicked off on July 19 and end on July 27 in Kigali City.

The development comes following the release of the fixtures of the week-long tournament by the secretariat of the Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018 will be contested by five nations, playing in a league format to determine the eventual champion.

The CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye confirmed the development on Tuesday in a press conference held at Azam Sports Complex in Chamazi.

Speaking on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Musonye who released the fixtures of the week-long tournament said, β€œFive countries have confirmed their intention and we will host the tournament in a league format and hosts Rwanda is ready to stage a successful tournament,” added Musonye.

The five confirmed nations for this year's tournament include hosts Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

According to the fixtures released, Rwanda opens her account against Tanzania on Thursday July 19 at 16:15pm at Stade de Kigali.

The Rwandan ladies will be back to action on Monday, July 23 when they host Ethiopia at 16:15, then face Uganda on Wednesday, July 25 before concluding their campaign on July 27 against Kenya.

The overall winner will be crowned champions of the 2018 CECAFA Women Challenge Cup.

Tanzania won the title after edging Kenya in the final while Ethiopia overcame hosts Uganda to take third place.

CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018
Fixtures
Thursday, July 19

Kenya vs Uganda (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Rwanda vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Friday, July 20: Rest Day

Saturday, July 21
Ethiopia v Uganda (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Kenya v Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Sunday, July 22: Rest Day

Monday, July 23
Uganda vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Rwanda vs Ethiopia (Stade de Kigali, 16 :15)

Tuesday, July 24: Rest Day

Wednesday, July 25
Kenya vs Ethiopia (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Uganda vs Rwanda (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)

Thursday, July 26: Rest Day

Friday, July 27
Ethiopia vs Tanzania (Stade de Kigali, 14h00)
Rwanda vs Kenya (Stade de Kigali, 16:15)
Source : Ferwafa.rw

Rayon Sports held by AS Ports in Cecafa Kagame Cup

By Mugabe

Rwandan side Rayon Sports Fc failed to accumulate maximum points as they were held to a 1-all draw by Djibouti champions AS Ports in their Cecafa Kagame Cup Group B match staged at Chamazi Sports Complex on Tuesday.

AS Ports rallied from a goal down to hold the Blues to 1-1 in the second half following a first half strike from skipper Kwizera Pierre.

Pierre Kwizera fired Rayon into the lead at the stroke of halftime with his second strike in the competition but Ports' Mohd Hussein pulled level with six minutes to go.

A draw throws the group wide open with Ports topping on four points, Rayon second on two while Gor, who play Burundian side Lydia Ludic later on Tuesday, sit third.

Ports coach Charmarkeh Miad was forced to make changes to his starting line-up replacing Mohammed Bourhan for Ibrahim Ali after the former sustained a knock during the pre-match warm up.

Moussa Halem's free kick from 20 yards was easily picked by Rayon custodian Kassim Ndayisenga in the 36th minute in the only meaningful attack by the Djibouti side in the opening half.

Ismail Diarra had an opportunity to double Rayon's advantage on 69 minutes but his shot was blocked after rounding off Ports shot-stopper Lumiya Sulait.

Mohd Hussein had a golden chance to level the scores after being put through by Salem Breik in the 70th minute but could not find a way past an on rushing Ndayisenga.

Hussein exhibited his brilliance in the 84th minute this time round rounding off the Rayon goalkeeper to turn home the equaliser.

In the other Group B match played on Tuesday, Gor Mahia and Lydia Ludic settled for a 2-all draw in Chamazi.

AS Ports now leads Group B with four points followed by Rayon Sports and Gor Mahia who are joint on two points while Lydia Ludic sit bottom of the group with one point.

Rayon Sports face next neighbors Lydia Ludic in their last group games on Thursday while AS Ports will take on Gor Mahia.

Group B, Tuesday Results
Rayon Sports FC 1-1 AS Ports
Gor Mahia 2-2 Lydia Ludic

Wednesday fixtures
Group A

Vipers SC vs Kator FC (National Stadium, 6pm
Azam FC vs JKU (Chamazi, 6pm)

Group C
APR FC vs Dakadaha (National Stadium, 3pm)
SC Simba vs Singida Utd (Chamazi, 3pm)

Photo Credit: AS Ports defender Ibrahim Ali (left) vies for the ball with Rayon Sports' Kevin Muhire during their Cecafa Kagame Cup Group B match at Chamazi Sports Complex on July 3, 2018. PHOTO | VINCENT OPIYO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Source: Nation Media Group| Additional Reporting: Ferwafa.rw

Second Division League final set for July 4 at Amahoro Stadium

By Mugabe

Intare FC and AS Muhanga will battle it out for the 2017/18 Second Division League title on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Amahoro Stadium.

The game which will be played under floodlights is expected to kick-off at 18h00.

Intare defeated Pepiniere FC 2-1 in the return leg of the round of last four at Kicukiro Stadium while former Peace Cup finalists AS Muhanga landed the promotion ticket to Azam Rwanda Premier League after edging out Sorwath.

AS Muhanga returns to topflight league for a second spell after the club's relegation in 2016.

Intare FC and AS Muhanga have been promoted to the 2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League, replacing Miroplast Fc and Gicumbi Fc who were relegated following a poor 2017/18 top flight league season.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Second Division League final set for July 4 at Amahoro Stadium

By Mugabe

Intare FC and AS Muhanga will battle it out for the 2017/18 Second Division League title on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Amahoro Stadium.

The game which will be played under floodlights is expected to kick-off at 18h00.

Intare defeated Pepiniere FC 2-1 in the return leg of the round of last four at Kicukiro Stadium while former Peace Cup finalists AS Muhanga landed the promotion ticket to Azam Rwanda Premier League after edging out Sorwath.

AS Muhanga returns to topflight league for a second spell after the club's relegation in 2016.

Intare FC and AS Muhanga have been promoted to the 2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League, replacing Miroplast Fc and Gicumbi Fc who were relegated following a poor 2017/18 top flight league season.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Kagame Cup 2018: Simba edge APR, Rayon eye win over AS Ports

By Mugabe

Rwanda's league champions APR Fc is on the brink of exit from the 2018 Cecafa Kagame Cup following their 2-1 loss to Simba and their second in Group C.

The military side suffered the loss following a stoppage winning penalty converted by Rwandan international Meddie Kagere, his maiden debutant goal which earned Simba a 2-1 win in a Group C match played on Monday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The military side looked on course for their first victory after they broke the deadlock in the 69th minute courtesy of a beautiful strike from Fiston Nkinzigabo who pounced on a cross from Byiringiro Lague.

However, Simba equalized six minutes later through Adam Salamba who diverted a shot into Ntaribi Steven's goal posts.

With a minute left on the clock, Kagere who was brought down in the goal area by centre back Aimable Nsabimana, converted the decisive penalty to send Simba to the quarter finals of the Cecafa Kagame Cup.

The result left APR Fc ranked third in Group C with no point while Simba SC took control of the standings ahead of Singida United who also defeated Dakadaha of Somalia, to jointly storm the quarter final round of the on-going regional tournament.

APR Fc's next match is on Wednesday when they take on Dakadaha of Somalia as Simba and Singida United will be battling for a top spot.

On Tuesday, Rwandan side Rayon Sports Fc takes on AS Ports of Djibouti in a must-win encounter at 1pm. Gor Mahia will face Lydia Ludic of Burundi later at 3pm, all matches are set to be staged at Azam Sports Complex in Chamazi.

Rayon Sports have one point from their 2-all draw against Gor Mahia on Saturday while AS Ports edged Lydia Ludic 2-1.

Cecafa Kagame Cup 2018
Group C, Monday Results

Singida United 1-0 Dakadaha
SC Simba 2-1 APR FC

Group B, Tuesday Fixtures
Rayon Sports FC vs AS Ports (Chamazi, 1pm)
Gor Mahia vs Lydia Ludic (Chamazi, 3pm)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

APR and Isonga Academies win FERWAFA GMT Honours

By Mugabe

APR and Isonga Football academies emerged winners of the 2018 FERWAFA Genocide Memorial Tournament after winning final matches played on July 2 at Stade de Kigali in Kigali City.

APR U-17 who edged the Winner of Muhanga District 3-0 in the semi-final defeated EAV Kabutare 4-1 in the final to lift the title.

EAV Kabutare had eliminated Rayon Sports Academy 4-2 on penalties following a 1-all draw in the semi final round. In general, the U-17 category eight youth centers and academies comprising of Dream Team Football Academy, The Winners Muhanga, EAV Kabutare, Huye Training Center, Mukura U17, APR Academy, Play for Hope Academy and Rayon Sports U17.

In the U-15 category, Isonga defeated ESC Nyanza 2-0 to lift the main title. Other teams which took part in the U-15 category include; GS Kansi, GS Busasamana, College Inyemeramihigo, ES Rukara, ES Nyamirama and APAER.

FERWAFA GMT
Finals, July 2, 2018
U-15 Category Final

Isonga 2-0 ESC Nyanza

U-17 Category
APR Academy 4-1 EAV Kabutare
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Kagame Cup 2018: Kwizera scores late as Rayon Sports hold Gor Mahia

By Mugabe

Skipper Pierre Kwizera scored in the 89th minute as former Rwandese champions Rayon Sport rallied from two goals down to hold record Kenyan side Gor Mahia to a 2-2 draw in their opening game of the CECAFA Kagame Cup in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Sunday.

K'Ogalo looked to be on their way to victory after Jacques Tuyisenge and Humphrey Mieno scored in the first half both off Ephraim Guikan assists, but the Rwandese former champions came off better in the second half and rallied for a point.

Malian forward Ismaila Diarra pulled one back from the penalty spot before Kwizera popped up with the equalizer just a minute to full time.

Head coach Dylan Kerr fielded his strongest squad for the tie, only switching in defense where Charles Momanyi started ahead of Joash Onyango while at right back; Innocent Wafula was preferred for Philemon Otieno who was rested.

Ephraim Guikan, handed the duty of filling the boots left by Meddie Kagere who left the club for Tanzania's Simba showed he is just about doing that when he laid in the assist for the opener.

His good work on the ball saw him earn space and slice a low cross which was duly tapped home by Tuyisenge. He created the second goal in same fashion, this time Mieno doing the duty of directing the ball on target.

However, Gor seemed to have faded off in the second half and the Rwandese took advantage, Diarra who had missed an open chance in the first half scoring from the spot after Mieno's handball in the 63rd minute.

They kept on the pressure and it bore fruit in the sunset minutes of the game when Kwizera finished off an assist from Kevin Muhire to share the spoils.

Rayon Sports will next face AS Ports of Djibouti on Tuesday while Gor Mahia will host Lydia Ludic of Burundi, with both games set to be held at Chamazi Sports Complex.

A win for the Blues on Tuesday will keep their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive.

Action continues on Monday with Group C double headers. Group leaders Singida United of Tanzania will host Dakadaha of Somalia at Chamazi Sports Complex at 1pm while SC Simba will clash with Rwandan league champions APR Fc at 3pm at the National Stadium.

APR Fc who lost their opening game to Singida United 1-2 will be hoping to pick a victory over Simba if they are to be assured of a place in the next round.

Simba coached by Burundian import Masudi Djuma thrashed Dakadaha 4-0 in their opening game and they know that a victory on Monday would send them to the next round.

CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018
Monday fixtures
Group C

Singida United vs Dakadaha (Chamazi Sports Complex, 2pm)
SC Simba vs APR FC (National Stadium, 3pm)

Sunday Results
Group B

Rayon Sports 2-2 Gor Mahia
JKU 2-0 Kator FC
Vipers SC vs Azam FC (Yet to be played by Press Time)
Source: Capitalfm.co.ke|Additional Reporting: Ferwafa.rw

Rayon Sports FC launch Kagame Cup bid against Gor Mahia

By Mugabe

Former league champions Rayon Sports FC open their CECAFA Kagame Cup title against Kenyan side Gor Mahia on Sunday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Rayon Sports – Gor Mahia tie which is the a second Group B encounter in the tournament is kicking off at 2pm (1pm local time).

The Blues who arrived in Dar es Salaam on Friday is aiming to win their second CECAFA Club championship title to add onto the 1998 silverware which they won in Zanzibar after edging out Mlandege 2-1 in the final.

With a new Brazilian coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves do Carmo, Rayon Sports are confident on launching their campaign with a victory.

The two sides crossed swords some two months ago in the Rwandan capital Kigali in a Caf-Confederations Cup tie which ended in a 1-1 stalemate and will be renewing rivalries in the most spectacular of fashions.

β€œWe expect a tough game against Gor Mahia. I have seen how they play and I know we played to a draw in a CAF CC match in May at home. We need to avoid making mistakes and aim to launch a bright start to this important tournament,” added the 57-year old Olivieira.

The Blues who are residing at Durban Hotel in Dar es Salaam will be without their key experienced goalie Eric Ndaysihimiye whose contract was terminated earlier this month after he faked an injury and conspired against his own team to lose in a bid to get their former head Coach Ivan Minneart fired.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia who arrived in Tanzania on Saturday face the Blues without their star-man Meddie Kagere who left the K'Ogalo for Tanzanian outfit SC Simba as well as on-going reports from the Tanzanian media of the midfield-enforcer Francis Nyambura Kahata linked with a move to Simba SC to link up with Kagere.

However, Kenyan media reported on Saturday that despite this drama, K'Ogalo is cognizant of the big task that awaits them on Sunday when they take to the pitch at 2pm against Rwanda's fast rising Rayon Sports.

For Gor, this competition grants them the opportunity to atone for past misses more so in 2016 when they lost to Azam FC in the final. Gor will be chasing for their first Cecafa crown in 23 years, as their last triumph came in 1985. Their other conquests have been in 1980 and 1981.

Rayon, who on the other hand is fast emerging as a football force in the region has won the regional crown once in 1998.

These statistics will however count for nothing when the two sides face each other.

At the Chamazi Stadium, Zanzibar's JKU will take on little known Kator FC of South Sudan before Vipers of Uganda face the might of holders Azam from 7pm.

Saturday Results
SC Simba (Tanzania) 4-0 Dakadaha (Somalia)
AS Ports (Djibouti) 2-1 Lydia Ludic (Burundi)

Sunday Fixtures
Rayon Sports (Rwanda) vs Gor Mahia (Kenya) – (National Stadium, 1pm
JKU (Zanzibar) vs Kator FC (South Sudan) - Chamazi Stadium, 3pm
Vipers (Uganda) v Azam FC (Tanzania) - Chamazi Stadium, 6pm

FERWAFA U-15 & U-17 GMT Competition: Friday's Results/Final Schedule

By Mugabe

FERWAFA U-15 & U-17 GMT Competition: Friday's Results/Final Schedule
U-15 Category
Wednesday, June 27

APAER 0-3 Isonga FA
College Inyemeramihigo 3-3 GS Busasamana (11-4 Agg)
ESC Nyanza 1-0 GS Kansi (1-1 Agg, 5-3 Pens)
ES Nyamirama 5-0 ES Rukara (8-1)

June 29
Isonga FA 3-1 APAER (6-1 Agg)

July 1, Semi-final
Isonga FA vs Winner ES Nyamirama (Kicukiro, 11am)
Winner College Inyemeramihigo vs ES Nyanza (Kicukiro, 13h00)

July 2, Final
Winner 1 vs Winner 2 (Stade de Kigali, 13h00)

U-17 Category
EAV Kabutare 1-1 Rayon Sports U-19 (4-2 Pens)

June 27, 2018
EAV Kabutare 1-1 Rayon Sports U-19 (4-2 Pens)

June 29, 2018
The Winner Muhanga 0-3 APR U-17

July 2, 2018
APR U-17 vs EAV Kabutare (Stade de Kigali, 15h00)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Kagame Cup 2018: APR lose opening game, Rayon in Dar ready for Gor clash

By Mugabe

The Azam Rwanda Premier League champions APR Fc lost the opening match of Group C to Tanzania FA Cup finalists Singida United in the 2018 CECAFA Kagame Cup Tournament which begun on Friday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

On the same day, rivals Rayon Sports Fc arrived in Dar es Salaam ready for Sunday's crucial Group B match against Gor Mahia Fc who also arrived in the city in the wee hours of Saturday morning (1:25am).

Meanwhile, Rwandan side Rayon Sports FC and Kenya's side Gor Mahia were the last participating teams to arrive in Dar es Salaam on Friday ready for Sunday's clash which will be played at Uhuru Stadium.

On the opening day, debutants Singida United earned their crucial victory courtesy of goals Habib Kyombo and Tibar John which were scored in each half following poor goalkeeping tactics from Yves Kimenyi and substitute goalie Steven Ntalibi.

Centre back Aimable Nsabimana scored the consolation in the dying seconds of the game, a goal which could not earn anything for the Serbian Coach Ljubomir 'Ljupko' Petrovic.

In other matches played on Friday, holders Azam FC defeated Kator Fc of South Sudan 2-1 at Chamazi stadium while Zanzibar side JKU and Vipers Sports Club settled for a one-all draw in Group A.

Action continues on Saturday when Tanzanian giants SC Simba take on minnows Dakadaha of Somalia in Group C at Uhuru Stadium before AS Ports of Djibouti battles it out against Lydia Ludic of Burundi in Group at Chamazi stadium.

The best two clubs from each of the three groups and the three best losers will qualify for the knock out stages.

The CECAFA Kagame Club Tournament which returns after a three-year break has attracted 12 teams from the East and Central Africa region.

The last edition in 2015 was staged in Tanzania, with local side Azam beating Gor Mahia of Kenya 2-0 in to emerge champions, setting a tournament record of not conceding a goal en route to the title.

CECAFA Kagame Cup Tournament
Friday Results

JKU (Zanziba) 1-1 Vipers FC (Uganda)
Azam FC (Tanzania) 2-1 Kator FC (South Sudan)
Singida Utd (Tanzania) 2-1 APR Fc (Rwanda)

Saturday Matches
SC Simba (Tanzania) vs Dakadaha (Somala) – Uhuru Stadium (1pm)
AS Ports (Djibouti) vs Lydi Ludic (Burundi) – Chamazi (3pm)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

CECAFA Kagame Cup: APR FC starts title quest against Singida Utd

By Mugabe

THREE-time CECAFA Kagame Cup champions, APR FC, will be embarking on hunt for a fourth title on Friday evening when they take on home side Singida United at Tanzania National Stadium in Dar es Salaam – kick-off 6pm.

The regional tournament which was last staged three years ago, gets underway today and will run through July 13. Chamazi Stadium and the 60,000-seater Tanzania National Stadium are the two venues of the 41st CECAFA Kagame Cup.

Djibouti was the initial host but it is believed the tournament's broadcast partner Azam TV influenced the change for security reasons.

After sealing a record-extending 17th domestic league title this Wednesday, Ljubomir Petrovic's APR will be hoping to end their eight-year jinx on regional scene.

The military side last won the tournament in 2010. They came close to clinching it in 2014 but lost 1-0 to Sudanese side Al-Merreikh in the final at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.

β€œWe always want to win and that's our goal in Dar – to win the CECAFA Kagame Cup title. It will be a tough tournament but we are ready and prepared for the challenge ahead,” explained Petrovic, the APR FC head coach.

APR left the country early morning on Thursday and were supposed to have one warm-up training session later in the day before they face Singinda United on Friday (today) evening.

APR have won the regional tournament three times; 2004, 2007 and 2010 – hosted in Rwanda on all the three occasions.

Tanzania's Azam FC are the defending champions, having won the 2015 edition after edging Kenyan giants Gor Mahia 2-0 in the final.

Cecafa Kagame Club Championship Groups:

Group A: Azam FC (Tanzania), Vipers SC (Uganda), JKU FC (Zanzibar), Kator FC (South Sudan).

Group B: Rayon Sport (Rwanda), Gor Mahia (Kenya), Lydia Ludic FC (Burundi), Ports FC (Djibouti)

Group C: Singida FC (Tanzania), Simba SC (TZ), APR FC (Rwanda), Dakadaha FC (Somalia)

Opening Fixtures
Friday, June 29
Group A

JKU (Zan) vs Vipers (Uga) – Chamazi Stadium, 1pm
Azam FC (Tan) vs Kator FC (S.Sudan) – Chamazi 3pm

Group C
Singida United (Tan) vs APR FC (Rwa) –National Stadium, 6pm

APR's full 20-player squad
Goalkeepers:
Yves Kimenyi and Steven Ntaribi
Defenders: Fitina Ombolenga, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Dennis Rukundo, Albert Ngabo, Herve Rugwiro, Aimable Nsabimana and Prince Buregeya.
Midfielders: Jean Baptista Mugiraneza, Andrew Buteera, Amrani Nshimiyimana, Martin Twizerimana, Fiston Nkinzingabo, Maxime Sekamana and Blaise Itangishaka.
Strikers: Muhadjiri Hakizimana, Jean Claude Iranzi, Savio Nshuti and Lague Byiringiro.
Newtimes.co.rw

APR FC are 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League champions

By Mugabe

APR FC claimed the 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 win over Espoir FC at Stade Amahoro on Wednesday.

Goals from defender Aimable Nsabimana and forward Muhadjiri Hakizimana cemented a record-extending 17th league title for the military side in just 24 years – since their maiden title in 1995.

APR Fc went into the final match of the season battling the league title alongside AS Kigali. Both sides were separated by three points with APR Fc sitting on top of the league summit going into the final match of the season.

With AS Kigali settling for a 1-all draw away to Musanze Fc at Stade Ubworoherane in Musanze District, APR FC win the championship by five points on 66 while AS Kigali are on 61 points.

The military side climaxed the season having won 19 matches, drawn 9 and lost 2, scoring 51 goals and only conceded 15 goals in 30 matches respectively.

The military side had previously won 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of Rwanda premier league.

Meanwhile, Rayon Sports Fc and Etincelels FC joined AS Kigali in the top four. Rayon Sports were held to a 2-all draw away to Marines Fc while Etincelles FC's 1-0 win over Gicumbi FC relegated the Northern Province club to next year's second division league.

Gicumbi FC was joined by Miroplast Fc who lost 1-2 to Sunrise Fc on the final day of the season. The pair will be replaced by Intare Fc and AS Muhanga who are finalists in the 2017/18 Second division league which will climax on July 4 at Amahoro Stadium.

AS Kigali's Burundian import Jean Claude Ndarusanze ended the season leading the top scorer's chart with 15 goals, followed by APR Fc forward Muhadjiri Hakizimana who has scored 13 goals while Musanze Fc's Wai Yeka and SC Kiyovu's Moustapha Francis who are joint third with 11 goals each.

The crowning ceremony of the 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League champions APR FC will be held at a yet to be known date.

APR Fc will next year represent Rwanda at the CAF Champions League for the 2018/2019 season.

Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 30 Results
Wednesday

Gicumbi FC 0-1 Etincelles FC
Police FC 3-1 Kirehe FC
Mukura VS 0-0 Bugesera
Espoir FC 0-2 APR FC
Sunrise FC 2-1 Miroplast FC
Amagaju FC 0-1 SC Kiyovu
Marines FC 2-2 Rayon Sports FC
Musanze FC 1-1 AS Kigali
Source: Ferwafa.rw

FERWAFA U-15 & U-17 GMT Competition: Wednesday's Results

By Mugabe

FERWAFA U-15 & U-17 GMT Competition
U-15 Category
Wednesday, June 27
APAER 0-3 Isonga FA
College Inyemeramihigo 3-3 GS Busasamana (11-4 Agg)
ESC Nyanza 1-0 GS Kansi (1-1 Agg, 5-3 Pens)
ES Nyamirama 5-0 ES Rukara (8-1 Agg.)

June 29, 2018
Isonga FA vs APAER (FERWAFA, 16h00)

July 1, Semi-final
Winner Isonga FA/APAER vs Winner ES Nyamirama (Kicukiro, 11am)
Winner College Inyemeramihigo vs ES Nyanza (Kicukiro, 13h00)

July 2, Final
Winner 1 vs Winner 2 (Stade Amahoro)

U-17 Category
EAV Kabutare 1-1 Rayon Sports U-19 (4-3 Pens)

June 27, 2018
EAV Kabutare 1-1 Rayon Sports U-19 (4-2 Pens)

June 30, 2018
The Winner Muhanga vs APR U-17 (Kicukiro, 15h00)

July 2, 2018
Final
The Winner Muhanga/APR U-17 vs EAV Kabutare (Stade Amahoro, 15h00)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

APR, AS Kigali battle for Azam Rwanda Premier League title

By Mugabe

APR FC and AS Kigali are battling for the 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League title today as match day 30 gets to a climax.

Local football giants APR who are gunning for their 17th league title play away to Espoir FC at at Amahoro National Stadium – starting at 3:30pm.

A draw for the military side will guarantee them a record-extending 17th league title in just 24 years – since their maiden title in 1995.

Initially, the game was supposed to be hosted by Espoir FC in Rusizi district but upon the agreement between the two sides, the game was moved to Kigali so APR can be facilitated to represent the country at the upcoming CECAFA Kagame Cup in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

According to CECAFA, APR have to be in Dar on June 28 ahead of their opening game against Tanzania's Singinda United on Friday.

APR and AS Kigali are separated by three points with APR on top of the summit with 63 points while AS Kigali follow in second spot with 60 points after 29 matches played by each side.

APR have won 18 matches, drawn 9 and lost 2 matches respectively while AS Kigali have won 18 times, drawn 6 and lost 5 matches respectively.

The new champions, who will dethrone Rayon Sports, will be determined today as the final match-day games take place across the country.

While AS Kigali's chances for a historic first league title are very slim, Eric Nshimiyimana and his players have not given up yet. For the City of Kigali-sponsored side to win the championship, they will have beat Musanze by a win larger than 4 goals of difference and, APR lose to Espoir.

In an interview with Times Sport on Tuesday, APR FC's Serbian head coach Ljubomir Petrovic said, β€œWe are ready for the game (against Espoir) on Wednesday. We need a drawn to win the league title but that's not we are looking for; we'll be out there to win the game. Everyone at the club is hungry for the title, which will also be a great confidence boost ahead of Cecafa Cup.”

Elsewhere today, it will be a tight contest for a top four finish between fourth-placed Etincelles and fifth-placed SC Kiyovu. Ahead their respective encounters today, Etincelles are in fourth position with 48 points, two ahead of Andre Casa Mbungo's SC Kiyovu.

Etincelles take on relegation-bound Gicumbi FC at Gicumbi playgrounds while Kiyovu play away to Amagaju FC at Nyagasenyi stadium in Nyamagabe stadium.

On the other hand, the reigning champions, Rayon Sports, who play away to Marines FC today are already guaranteed of a third position regardless of the outcome. Going into today's away fixture to Marines, the Blues are third on the 16-team table – with 51 points.

The league winners will automatically book ticket to represent the country at the CAF Champions League for the 2018/2019 season.

Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 30 Fixtures
June 27, 2018

Gicumbi FC vs Etincelles FC (Gicumbi)
Police FC vs Kirehe FC (Stade de Kigali)
Mukura VS vs Bugesera (Stade Huye)
Espoir FC vs APR FC (Stade Amahoro)
Sunrise FC vs Miroplast FC (Nyagatare)
Amagaju FC vs SC Kiyovu (Nyagisenyi)
Marines FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Stade Umuganda)
Musanze FC vs AS Kigali (Stade Ubworoherane)

Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 30 Fixtures

By Mugabe

Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 30 Fixtures
June 27, 2018

Gicumbi FC vs Etincelles FC (Gicumbi)
Police FC vs Kirehe FC (Stade de Kigali)
Mukura VS vs Bugesera (Stade Huye)
Espoir FC vs APR FC (Stade Amahoro)
Sunrise FC vs Miroplast FC (Nyagatare)
Amagaju FC vs SC Kiyovu (Nyagisenyi)
Marines FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Stade Umuganda)
Musanze FC vs AS Kigali (Stade Ubworoherane)

Suspensions
1. Ngiriyeze Abdoul (Espoir FC)
2. Uwihoreye Jean Paul (SC Kiyovu)
3. Ndayishimiye Christophe (Mukura VS)
4. Muvandimwe Jean Marie Vianney (Police FC)
5. Ndahinduka Michel AS Kigali)
6. Bisangwa Jean Luc (Amagaju FC)
7. Masudi Abdallah (Kirehe FC)
8. Mugiraneza Jean Baptiste (APR FC)
9. Ndarabu Hussein (Gicumbi FC
Source: Ferwafa.rw

ARPL Match Day 30: Espoir FC to host APR FC at Amahoro Stadium

By Mugabe

The final match day action of the 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League pitting Espoir FC and APR FC will be staged at Amahoro Stadium on Wednesday, June 17, 2018.

The decision to shift the game was taken by Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) on Monday, June 25, 2018 based on the request from hosts Espoir Fc.

Based on a demand from Espoir FC received by FERWAFA on Monday, June 25, 2018 to have their encounter shifted from Rusizi District to Kigali City in bid to facilitate APR FC's travel arrangements to Tanzania for the CECAFA Kagame Cup, FERWAFA took the decision in accordance with competition regulations to have the encounter staged at Amahoro stadium.

APR FC and Rayon Sports FC will represent Rwanda at the 2018 CECAFA Kagame Cup Tournament which is starting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from June 29-July 13, 2018.

Initially, the game was scheduled to be played in Rusizi but Espoir FC upon a request from APR FC, adhered to have their encounter shifted due to the military side's participation in the CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018 which came on a short notice from CECAFA following the withdrawal of Ethiopia's St. George.

According to CECAFA, APR FC have to be in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on June 28 ahead of their opening game against Singinda FC on June 29, 2018 and playing their last league match away in Rusizi would hinder their plans of returning back to Kigali in time for their scheduled flight to Tanzania where they must arrive a day earlier (June 28, 2018) to their CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018 engagement.

League title crowning ceremony
The 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League winner will not be crowned on Wednesday as expected but a suitable day to hold the league title ceremony will be decided and communicated to all stakeholders.

The decision to postpone the league title crowning ceremony has also been taken by FERWAFA Management due to the fact that our host broadcaster, Azam TV cannot be able to televise live the league title awarding ceremony which in this case will only be decided after match day 30 of the 2017/18 league season.

For Azam TV to be able to broadcast live the official league title awarding ceremony, it would mean that they would be able to broadcast live both APR FC and AS Kigali's match day 30 encounters against Espoir FC due at Amahoro stadium and Musanze at Stade Ubworoherane on Wednesday respectively.

Both clubs are separated by only three points with APR Fc on top of the summit with 63 points while AS Kigali follows in second spot with 60 points after 29 matches played by both sides.

APR FC has won 18 matches, drawn 9 and lost 2 matches respectively while AS Kigali has 18, drawn 6 and lost 5 matches respectively.

The 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League winner will take part in next year's CAF Champions League.

Match Day 30 Fixtures
June 27, 2018

Gicumbi FC vs Etincelles FC (Gicumbi)
Police FC vs Kirehe FC (Stade de Kigali)
Mukura VS vs Bugesera (Stade Huye)
Espoir FC vs APR FC (Stade Amahoro)
Sunrise FC vs Miroplast FC (Nyagatare)
Amagaju FC vs SC Kiyovu (Nyagisenyi)
Marines FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Stade Umuganda)
Musanze FC vs AS Kigali (Stade Ubworoherane)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Battle for Azam Rwanda Premier League title goes to final day of the season

By Mugabe

The battle for 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League title winner has gone into the day of the season.

The new champion who will dethrone Rayon Sports FC will be decided on Wednesday when the final match day 30 of the season will be played across the country.

Two clubs dominant and 16-time winner APR Fc and AS Kigali who are aiming to win the league title for the first time are in contention for the title and earn a spot to represent Rwanda at next year's CAF Champions League.

Both clubs are separated by only three points with APR Fc on top of the summit with 63 points while AS Kigali follows in second spot with 60 points after 29 matches played by both sides.

APR FC has won 18 matches, drawn 9 and lost 2 matches respectively while AS Kigali has 18, drawn 6 and lost 5 matches respectively.

On Sunday, APR Fc edged Gicumbi FC 2-0 at Amahoro stadium with Prince Buregeya and Byiringiro Lague scoring vital goals for the military side.

At Stade de Kigali, Burundian import Ndarusanze Jean Claude snatched a brace to increase his goal tally to 14 goals to cement his place as the top goal scorer.

On Wednesday, either side has a chance to lift the Azam Rwanda Premier League title for the 2017/18 season.

APR Fc will be away to Espoir FC in Rusizi district while AS Kigali will be playing away to Musanze Fc in Musanze District.

Should APR Fc falter in Rusizi and lose to Espoir Fc and AS Kigali wins away in Musanze Fc, then the Kigali City Sponsored side will be crowned champions.

However, if APR Fc maintains their winning streak regardless any result between Musanze FC and AS Kigali in Musanze District, APR FC will be crowned champions of the Azam Rwanda Premier League for a 17th time.

On the same day, Rayon Sports Fc, Etincelles FC and SC Kiyovu will be battling to finish inside the top four. Rayon Sports FC who play away to Marines Fc are already guaranteed a place in the top four regardless the final match of the season following their third-ranked position with 51 points.

Etincelles FC who will be away to relagation-battling side Gicumbi FC are placed fourth with 48 points, two points ahead of SC Kiyovu who will be playing away to Amagaju Fc.

Relegation battle
Mukura VS and Gicumbi FC are on brink of joining Miroplast Fc in the relegation zone. Miroplast FC who face Sunrise FC on the final day of the season are the first side to be assured of returning back to second division league. They are ranked 16th with 18 points in 29 matches played this season.

Between Gicumbi Fc and Mukura VS, one club will join the second division league for the 2018/19 season. Gicumbi FC who face Etincelles FC on Wednesday are ranked 15th with 27 points in 29 matches played while Mukura VS are 14th with 30 points following their 0-1 loss to SC Kiyovu on Sunday.

A win for Mukura VS on Wednesday against Bugesera FC at Stade Huye will see them remain in the top flight league but should they lose and hope that Gicumbi Fc wins against Etincelles FC, then they will be tied on 30 points each and whoever stays in top flight league or drops to second division league will be determined through head to head rule between matches that pitted them and the goal difference.

The 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League winner will take part in the CAF Champions League for the 2018 season while Confederation Cup representatives will be known after the Peace Cup Final due on August 5, 2018.

Match Day 30 Fixtures
June 27, 2018

Gicumbi FC vs Etincelles FC (Gicumbi)
Police FC vs Kirehe FC (Kicukiro)
Mukura VS vs Bugesera (Stade Huye)
Espoir FC vs APR FC (Rusizi)
Sunrise FC vs Miroplast FC (Nyagatare)
Amagaju FC vs SC Kiyovu (Nyagisenyi)
Marines FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Stade Umuganda)
Musanze FC vs AS Kigali (Stade Ubworoherane)

Match Day 29 Results
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Etincelles FC 2-0 Kirehe FC
AS Kigali 2-1 Amagaju FC
APR Fc 2-0 Gicumbi FC
Bugesera FC 2-0 Police FC
Miroplast FC 2-2 Espoir FC
SC Kiyovu 1-0 Mukura VS
Rayon Sports FC 4-0 Sunrise FC
Musanze FC 3-2 Marines FC
Source: Ferwafa.rw

FERWAFA U-15 & U-17 Genocide Memorial Tournament Results

By Mugabe

FERWAFA U15 & U17 GMT Results
U-15 Category
Saturday, June 23

GS Kansi 1-0 ESC Nyanza
APR U-17 3-2 Play for Hope Academy

Sunday, June 24
Busasamana 1-8 College Inyemeramihigo
ES Rukara 1-3 ES Nyamirama

Uunder-17 Category
Saturday, June 23

Dream Team FA 1-5 The Winners Muhanga

Sunday, June 24
EAV Kabutare 2-0 Huye TC
Mukura U17 2-3 Rayon Sports U17
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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