Kiyovu faces relegation as Rayon Sports wins title

Posted By: Patience Rutayisire - On:16/06/2017
It was an emotional moment for SC Kiyovu fans at Mumena Stadium yesterday. Some fans were seen trying to hold back tears over what will be remembered as a dark day in the history of one of Rwandas oldest football clubs. The Nyamirambo-based club was relegated to the second division tier for the first time since its establishment in 1964.


The club was relegated from the topflight league after losing 1-2 in the final match of the league against old rivals Rayon Sports, who won the league for the eighth time at Mumena stadium despite the fact that the trophy Award celebration day is still anticipated.

SC Kiyovu faces relegation for the first time in Rwandan football history  

“I have never felt so bad all my life; it’s unbelievable that my team will play in the second division next season, but hopefully we shall be able to come back at the first attempt, we shall never forget this day,” said one elderly SC Kiyovu fan, who could not hold back tears at the end of the game.

11 ba Kiyovu Sport babanje mu kibuga

These are the11 first players who appeared in the field on the side of Sc Kiyovu team 

The three-time league champions went into the game seeking to win and hope that either Gicumbi FC or Kirehe FC lose their matches. Gicumbi lost 1-3 at home to Pepiniere that had been relegated already, while Kirehe FC thrashed Mukura Victory Sports in Huye.

Kiyovu fans hoped that Rayon Sports coach Masudi Djuma would field a weak side but the former Burundi international had other ideas as he formed a strong team.

11 ba Rayon Sports babanje mu kibuga

Rayon Sports 11 players who teed off the game 

Malian striker Tidiane Kone broke the hearts of Kiyovu fans in the 32nd minute to send Rayon fans into wild celebrations and although the first half ended 1-0, the champions dominated and created several scoring opportunities.

Rayon Sports began the second half the same way they ended the first by pressing hard in search for more goals and they increased their score through Burundian Pierrot Kwizera’s perfect free kick in the 71st minute.

Masud Djuma umutoza mukuru wa Rayon Sports ahumuriza Mutarambirwa Djabil Dinho umutoza wa Kiyovu Sport

Rayon Sports coach, Masudi Djuma gave a comforting hand to Djabir Mutarambirwa of Kiyovu Sport  

Djabir Mutarambirwa’s Kiyovu, who looked hapless for most of the game, pulled one back through former Amavubi striker Andre Lomami in stoppage time, however, it was too little too late as some home fans were already shading tears even before the full-time whistle.

Lomami Andre asatira abakinnyi ba Rayon Sports

Lomami Andrew of Sc Kiyovu pressing Rayon Sports players

SC Kiyovu was formed in 1964 and had never been relegated since then. During their 53 years in the top flight, they won three league titles in 1983, 1992 and 1993.

Abafana ba Rayon Sports

Rayon Sports Fanbase

The Players who appeared in the pitch first:  

For Kiyovu Sport team: Nzeyurwanda Djihad (GK), Ngirimana Alexis (C), Hassan Karera, Mutuyimana Djuma, Ahoyikuye Jean Paul, Niyitegeka Idrissa, Nizeyimana Djuma, Bigirimana Blaise, Ibrahim Koulibally and Lomami Andre.

For Rayon Sports team: Ndayishimiye Eric Bakame (GK,C), Manzi Thierry, Tidiane Kone, Irambona Eric Gisa, Rwigema Yves, Mutsinzi Ange, Kwizera Pierrot, Muhire Kevin, Nova Bayama, Mugheni Fabrice Kakule and Nsngiyumva Moustapha.

In other games, former champions APR were stunned 2-1 by Bugesera FC to end a dismal first half season in charge for head coach Jimmy Mulisa as the military side finished in the third place with 57 points.

Police FC sealed second-place finish after thrashing Marines FC 4-2 at Kicukiro Stadium while AS Kigali ended the season in the fourth place after defeating Espoir 1-0.

Thursday Matches

Mukura VS 0-1 Kirehe FC
Gicumbi FC 1-3 Pepiniere
APR FC 1-2 Bugesera
Police FC 4-2 Marines
Musanze 1-0 Sunrise FC
Espoir 0-1 AS Kigali
SC Kiyovu 1-2 Rayon Sports.

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Nsengiyumva Moustapha wifitiye gahunda igana muri Police FC yirukana na Moustapha Francis

 Ibrahim Koulibary wa Kiyovu Sport na Mutsinzi Ange bari mu kirere bashaka umupira

Ibrahim Koulibary of  Kiyovu Sport pressing with Mutsinzi Ange for the ball

 Nizeyimana Djuma ashaka aho yacikira Irambona Eric Gisa wa Rayon Sports

Nizeyimana Djuma was struggled by Irambona Eric Gisa of Rayon Sports

Ndayishimiye Eric Bakame umunyezamu wa Rayon Sports asimbukira umupira

The Goal keeper, Ndayishimiye Eric Bakame of Rayon Sports, jumped into the sky to catch the ball 

 Abafana ba Rayon Sports bahorana morale


  Rayon Sports fans were excited 

Rwarutabura na bagenzi be bavugaga ko bari gushyingura Kiyovu Sport

Rwarutabura with his fellow fans called out that they were putting Kiyovu Sport into grave

Ubwo Tidiane Kone yari agize ikibazo

 Tidiane Kone of Rayon Sports got a problem in the field

Igitego cya mbere cya Rayon Sports

This is The first Rayon Sports' goal to edge  Sc Kiyovu to go into relegation 

Abakinnyi ba Rayon Sports bishimira igitego

 Rayon Sports players celebrating the goal 


 Abafana ba Kiyovu Sport bashyingura Kiyovu Sport


Intekerezo zabaye nyinshi ku bakunzi ba Kiyovu Sport

 Kiyovu Sports fans got into ongoing dilemma.

Photos credit: Ihorindeba Lewis/ Inyarwanda.com

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