Rwanda Peace Cup: APR to face rivals Rayon Sports in final

APR booked their final berth in the Peace Cup after coming from a goal down to defeat Kiyovu Sports 2-1 in the semi-finals at the Kigali Pele Stadium on Sunday.

Having drawn 1-1 in the first leg meeting, the army side scored through Innocent Nshuti and Christian Ishimwe in the return leg to silence their opponents and reach the final on a 3-2 aggregate win and they will come up against their sworn rivals on June 3.

It was Kiyovu, who started the game on a blistering note but they were forced to wait until the 10th minute when Riyaad Noordien fired a direct free-kick past the APR goalkeeper.

Three minutes later,Noordien should have doubled Kiyovu’s lead but after Abedi Bigirimana and Erisa Ssekisambu combined well to set him up, he unleashed a feeble shot that went inches wide.

However, APR levelled matters in the 43rd minute when Yunus Nshimiyimana unleashed a shot which was punched out for a corner kick. From the resultant corner taken by Ishimwe, Nshuti headed home for a 1-1 draw at the half-time break.

Left-back Ishimwe then carried the day for APR in the 55th minute after he raced clear to slot the winner.

On Saturday, Rayon Sports reached the final after securing a 4-3 aggregate result against Mukura Victory Sports.

Rayon had registered a 3-2 victory in the first leg, and in the return leg at Kigali Pele Stadium they produced a 1-1 draw enabling them to reach the final for the first time since 2018.

The winner of the Peace Cup will earn a direct ticket to represent Rwanda in the Caf Confederation Cup next season. The last time Rayon featured on the continental stage was way back in 2019.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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