Rwanda APR FC crowned Rwanda Premier League champions with three games to spare

Kigali Pele Stadium turned black and white as APR FC were again crowned champions of Rwanda for the fifth time in a row with three games to spare.

A superb long range curler from winger Gilbert Mugisha proved decisive for Thierry Froger’s side who beat rivals Kiyovu SC 1-0 during Saturday’s Primus National League crunch game.

It was Froger’s first silverware since taking charge of the team in July 2023. Kiyovu Sports came into the game with a mission to not only break APR’s unbeaten run in the league but also make them wait for their celebration until the next game.

The return of skipper Olivier Niyonzima to the group, after about a month in suspension, was a big boost for coach Joselin Bipfubusa who started the Rwanda international in midfield alongside Frodouard Mugiraneza as the duo was expected to dictate the game.

APR, on the other hand, deployed similar formation with Taddeo Lwanga and Ismail Nshimirimana as the midfield pivot.The first chance of the game fell to Victor Mbaoma after just eight minutes of action but his pass to Gilbert Mugisha, who made a cut in from the left into the box, was beautifully dealt with by Eric Ndizeye.

Kiyovu had a chance to break the deadlock in the 14th minute. Karim Nizigiyimana sent a looping ball onto the oath of Richard Kilongozi who beat Christian Ishimwe before firing a shot from close angle which Pavelh Ndzila saved.

Kilongozi was proving to be a nightmare for Ishimwe on the right as he once again left his marker for dead before delivering a superb cross which Alfred Leku failed to head into a yawning net in the 22nd minute.


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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