CECAFA KagameCup2019: Rayon Sports defeat TP Mazembe

Author: Rutayisire Patience
On:8/07/2019 10:18
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Jules Ulimwengu of Rayon scored a single goal, on 4th minute of the match, that helped the Rwanda’s Gikundiro clinch a victory over Congolese, TP Mazembe, in group A CECAFA KAGAME CUP 2019.

Rayon started the match dominating the Congolese, it was not surprising that on the 4th minute, Rayon already had broken Mazembe’s deadlock. Jean Claude Iranzi dribbled the ball, with his left foot, from midway of the field, as he reached Mazembe’s defenders he challenged them and offered a perfect pass, with his right foot, to Jules Ulimwengu who stormed a stinging shot to break deadlock very early in a half-time of the match. 

                   Jules Ulimwengu celebrated after he netted the ball

Olivier Ovambe, head coach of Rayon, changed match tactics as he made a block in midway of the pitch as he placed Amrani Nshimiyimana on holding midfield, Kakule Mugheni Fabrice and Olokwei Commodore in front of him while he sent Hussein Cyiza to left-midfielders’ position.  

                           Rayon Sports players celebrated the victory

Jean Claude Iranzi mounted in the field from right-wing position, leaving behind Eric Irankunda Radou. Eric Rutanga Alba, the captain, was on the left-wing position. Jules Ulimwengu was put on forward-striker’s position while Herve Rugwiro and Saidi Iragire played as backward defenders but Yves Kimenyi played as goalkeeper.

Rayon Sports dominated half-time of the match since TP Mazembe could not glance the goal of the Rwanda’s Rayon.  

The second half-time was different since TP Mazembe changed game tactic; refocusing their chance and tried to penetrate into Rayon’s chain, playing on both sides of the field but Rayon’s players latched them on thoroughly.

Rayon's substitutions

Rayon substituted Olokwei Commodore, Jean Claude Iranzi and Hussein Cyiza to welcome in the field Mirafa Nizeyimana, Mazime Sekamana and Gilbert Mugisha. 

In the first match of group (A) played at Amahoro stadium, KMC drew Atlabara FC 1-1.  in group (B) matches played at Huye Stadium, KCCA also drew Bandari FC while Azam FC defeated Mukura VS 1-0.


Rayon Sports XI: Kimenyi Yves (GK,1), Iradukunda Eric 14, Eric Rutanga Alba (C,3), Rugwiro Herve 4, Iragire Saidi 2, Nshimiyimana Amran 5, Olokwei Commodore 11, Mugheni Kakule Fabrice 27, Cyiza Hussein 10, Iranzi Jean Claude 21, Ulimwengu Jules 7.

TP Mazembe XI: Bakula Aimee (GK,21), Rainford Kalaba (C,18), Godet Masengo 20, Zola Arsene 4, Tandi Mwape 2, Mondeko Zatu 15, Sinkala Nathan 13, Tshibango Tshikuna 11, Miche Mika 27, Lukonza Glody 29

Rayon Sports began this year’s CECAFA Kagame cup tournament with a lot of chance, if it continued like this its fans would keep their happiness alive. As the match ended, new Rayon’s goalkeeper, Yves Kimenyi, lauded commitment of its fans. 


‘’ I have played for a lot of teams in the country but I have never seen many and self-motivated fans like whom I have seen today, I did not get tired because of that,’’ he lauded.

Rayon sports now leads group A with 3 points while KMC Fc and Atlabara Fc have 1 point and TP Mazembe is the last with a debt of one goal.

Results of the matches:

- Group B

-Bandari FC 1-1 KCCA (Stade Huye)

-Azam FC 1-0 Mukura VS (Stade Huye)

Group A

-KMC FC 1-1 Atlabara FC (Stade Amahoro )

-Rayon Sports FC 1-0 TP Mazembe (Stade Amahoro)



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