The Giants reach Peace Cup quarter final slotsPosted By: Rutayisire Patience - On:15/05/2017
Eight-time Peace Cup winners, APR Fc thrashed Sunrise Fc 4-0 on Saturday at Amahoro Stadium to reach the last eight with Issa Bigirimana bagging a brace while the other two goals were netted by Nkizingabo Fiston and Sekamana Maxime.
In Gicumbi district, Police Fc played a 1–all draw away to Gicumbi Fc. Dany Usengimana scored an early goal for the visitors before Nkunzimana Sadi equalised with the full time result sending the Cops side to the last eight with a 3-1 aggregate win..
In other matches played on Saturday, SC Kiyovu were sent knocked out of the Peace Cup competition by Marines Fc despite winning the return leg 2-1 hence the Rubavu district based side cruising to the next round 2-2 Aggregate thanks to the away goal rule.
In Nyamagabe, Amagaju Fc were declared winners with a 3-0 win after their opponents La Jeunesse failed to show up for the game leaving the home side to go through 5-0 on aggregate.
On Sunday afternoon, the game of the day pitted reigning champions Rayon Sports against Musanze Fc at Stade Amahoro. Despite early scares from Musanze Fc who dominated the opening minutes of the game, Rayon Sport secured a 7th minute lead courtesy of Burundian international Pierre Kwizera before doubling the lead ten minutes later following a well played set piece from Nsengiyumva Moustapha to brighten their qualifications hopes.
Before recess, Musanze Fc secured a goal courtesy of Peter Otema after dribbling past Rayon Sports defenders to unleash a powerfulshot past goalie Eric Ndayishimiye.
Musanze Fc equalised in the 63rd minute courtesy of a strike from Maombi Jean Pierre and eight minutes later, Kwizera struck the third goal, a hat-trick for the Burundian forward.
With three minutes to the end of the game, Munyakazi Youssuf equalized for the visitors from Peter Otema’s effort in dribbling past Rayon Sports defenders.
With seven minutes of additional time, Rayon Sports seemed not to understand the comeback of Musanze Fc and they needed to avoid conceding another goal or else face exit. And luck played on their side as they managed to control additional time and secured qualification 5-4 on aggregate following the 1-0 in the first leg.
In another game played late at night, AS Kigali and Mukura VS settled for a 1-all draw at Stade de Kigali. Midfielder Eric Nsabimana put the hosts in lead after 44 minutes from Hamidou Ndayisaba’s cross before Niyonzima Ally equalied for the hosts in the 78th minute from a spot kick.
AS Kigali cruised to the last eight 3-1 on aggregate. In another game, Espoir Fc defeated Etincelles Fc 3-0 to qualify 4-1 on aggregates.
The last 1/8th return leg match between Bugesera Fc and AS Muhanga was shifted to Tuesday in Nyamata as Bugesera district were commemorating the victims of 1994 Genocide against Tutsi over the weekend. AS Muhanga holds a slim 1-0 goal advantage going into the second leg.
The quarter final line-up
The line-up for the last eight which will be played in June will see Rayon Sports taking on Police Fc in a two-legged match; APR Fc face the winner between AS Muhanga and Bugesera Fc; AS Kigali and Amagaju Fc tussle it out while Espoir Fc and Marines Fc will also be squaring off for a place in the semi finals.
All semi-final matches will be staged in June while the final has been set on its traditional date, July 4, 2017.
2017 Peace Cup Competition
Return Leg Matches
May 13, 2017
APR Fc 4-0 Sunrise Fc (4-0 Agg.)
SC Kiyovu 2-1 Marines Fc (2-2 Agg.)
Amagaju Fc 3-0 La Jeunesse (5-0 Agg.)
Gicumbi Fc 1-1 Police Fc (1-3 Agg.)
May 14, 2017
Rayon Sports 3-3 Musanze Fc (5-4 Agg.)
Espoir Fc 3-0 Etincelles Fc (4-1 Agg.)
AS Kigali 1-1 Mukura VS (3-1 Agg.)
Tuesday, May 16
Bugesera Fc vs AS Muhanga (Bugesera, 15:30)