Rwanda Premier League giants APR FC secured a ticket to the Peace Cup quarterfinals despite a 1-1 draw with AS Kigali at Kigali Pele Stadium on Wednesday.
The Military side sailed through on a 2-1 aggregate win having won the first leg by a lone goal. Both teams started the game at a slow pace as they studied each other’s system of play. APR midfield trio of Taddeo Lwanga, Ismail ‘Pitchou’ Nshimirimana, and Sharaf Eldin Shaiboub quickly warmed themselves into the game with some excellent passes as they looked to open the scoring early on.
Their pressing paid dividends as the army club broke the deadlock in the 29th minute through a perfect finish from striker Yannick Bizimana. Left-back Christian Ishimwe had enough space on his flank and raced with the ball. He found Bizimana with a superb pass and the attacker lobbed it past goalkeeper Adolphe Hakizimana for the first goal.
The opening goal sent the supporters into wild celebrations as their team took control of the game with a 2-0 lead. With the score, AS Kigali at the time needed to turn the deficit around and win the game if they were to progress to the next round. It was a hilly task for the visitors before the Lions who have not lost a single game so far this season.
Clement Niyigena, who had an excellent game over the weekend against Police, continued with his fine exploits as he made some timely tackles to stop Erisa Ssekisambu and Osee Iyabivuze from finding the equalizer.
Meanwhile, Muhazi United were held to a 1-1 draw by Gasogi at Ngoma Stadium with the latter qualifying for the quarterfinals with a 3-1 aggregate win. Elsewhere, there was a real shock as second-tier side Vision FC knocked Musanze FC out on away goal rule. Musanze won 2-1 in the second leg but Vision’s away goal qualified them for the quarter finals despite drawing 3-3 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Police FC comfortably beat Kamonyi 3-0 at Kigali Pele Stadium and progressed to the last eight with a 6-0 aggregate win.
- Additional reporting Times Sports.