Kiyovu faces relegation as Rayon Sports wins titlePosted By: Patience Rutayisire - On:16/06/2017
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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Ibrahim Koulibary of Kiyovu Sport pressing with Mutsinzi Ange for the ball
Nizeyimana Djuma was struggled by Irambona Eric Gisa of Rayon Sports
The Goal keeper, Ndayishimiye Eric Bakame of Rayon Sports, jumped into the sky to catch the ball
Rayon Sports fans were excited
Rwarutabura with his fellow fans called out that they were putting Kiyovu Sport into grave
Tidiane Kone of Rayon Sports got a problem in the field
This is The first Rayon Sports' goal to edge Sc Kiyovu to go into relegation
Rayon Sports players celebrating the goal
Kiyovu Sports fans got into ongoing dilemma.
Photos credit: Ihorindeba Lewis/ Inyarwanda.com