Rwanda APR silence rivals Rayon Sports in derby to maintain unbeaten run

Defender Clement Niyigena and forward Ramadhan Niyibizi scored in either half as runaway league leaders APR defeated rivals Rayon Sports 2-0 at Kigali Pele Stadium on Saturday, March 9, to not only maintain their unbeaten run but to also move closer to their fifth straight league title.

The victory saw Thierry Froger’s side open a 13-point gap at the top of the table and increase their hopes of the winning the title with six more games to play. The military side started the game brightly as Christian Ishimwe broke down on the left flank in the third minute.

He easily dispatched Ali Serumogo but his cross was too high as Victor Mbaoma failed to connect to his pass. The visitors’ early pressure yielded dividends when they opened the scores after just four minutes into the game when Clement Niyigena headed home Alain Kwitonda’s free kick, leaving goalkeeper Khadime Ndiaye unable to save the ball.

Niyigena didn’t hesitate to celebrate the goal against his former side considering that he wanted to beat his club’s fierce rivals as the best gift for their fans and the best way to celebrate the 2023-24 league title.

Mugisha, who had been lively, found space again on the left side of attack as he made mincemeat of the Rayon defense. He delivered a cut back cross for on-rushing Niyibizi who made no mistake but fired past Ndiaye to double APR’s lead in the 79th minute.

The goal got the winger emotional as he removed his jersey while celebrating the goal after which referee Ishimwe booked him. APR held on to the 2-0 lead until the referee blew his final whistle for the end of the game.

The victory saw APR extend their lead at the top of the table with 58 points after 24 games, 13 points clear of Rayon Sports who are second with 45 points.

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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 en.Africatopsports.com.

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