Tanzania CECAFA Kagame Cup: Mbaoma on target as APR beat Singida Black Stars

A fine first half goal by star striker Victor Mbaoma aided APR FC to a 1-0 victory over Singida Black Stars in Group C opening match of the 2024 CECAFA Kagame Cup in Tanzania on Tuesday, July 9.

The Nigerian attacker scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute as the Lions defeated the home side to get off to a perfect start to the tournament and lead the group standings.

Darko Novic’s side started the game brightly and dominated possession as they effectively used Gilbert Mugisha and Ramadhan Niyibizi on wings to pose troubles to Singida’s defense.

In the 22nd minute, Mbaoma capitalised from Singida goalkeeper’s calamity to score the opening goal the army side deservedly took the lead.

Singida threatened to equalise but the APR defenders, marshaled around Clement Niyigena and Yunusu Nshimiyimana, were resolute as they thwarted all their efforts and kept them at bay for the entire match.

Niyigena put the brakes on the rampaging Singida attack who had found their rhythm in the course of time. After recess, Novic, who was looking to stabilise his midfield, brought on new signing Seidu Dauda for Mugisha as the Ghanaian brought the needed steel in front of the back four.

APR played with confidence and did the basic things, allowing Mbaoma to freely run into spaces behind the Singida back four.

The Rwandan champions now lead Group C ahead of Ugandan powerhouse SC Villa and South Sudanese Al Merrikh who played out a goalless draw in another match.

  • by Times Sport Rwanda

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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