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Battle for Rwanda Premier League Champions Goes to Final Day of the Season

by Bonnie Mugabe
11:06 am

Ndarusanze Jean Claude of AS KIgali is the current lead goal scorer with1 4 goals scored in 29 matches in the on-going Azam Rwanda Premier League

The battle for 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League title winner has gone into the day of the season.

The new champion who will dethrone Rayon Sports FC will be decided on Wednesday when the final match day 30 of the season will be played across the country.

Two clubs dominant and 16-time winner APR Fc and AS Kigali who are aiming to win the league title for the first time are in contention for the title and earn a spot to represent Rwanda at next year’s CAF Champions League.

Both clubs are separated by only three points with APR Fc on top of the summit with 63 points while AS Kigali follows in second spot with 60 points after 29 matches played by both sides.

APR FC has won 18 matches, drawn 9 and lost 2 matches respectively while AS Kigali has 18, drawn 6 and lost 5 matches respectively.

On Sunday, APR Fc edged Gicumbi FC 2-0 at Amahoro stadium with Prince Buregeya and Byiringiro Lague scoring vital goals for the military side.

At Stade de Kigali, Burundian import Ndarusanze Jean Claude snatched a brace to increase his goal tally to 14 goals to cement his place as the top goal scorer.

On Wednesday, either side has a chance to lift the Azam Rwanda Premier League title for the 2017/18 season.

APR Fc will be away to Espoir FC in Rusizi district while AS Kigali will be playing away to Musanze Fc in Musanze District.

Should APR Fc falter in Rusizi and lose to Espoir Fc and AS Kigali wins away in Musanze Fc, then the Kigali City Sponsored side will be crowned champions.

However, if APR Fc maintains their winning streak regardless any result between Musanze FC and AS Kigali in Musanze District, APR FC will be crowned champions of the Azam Rwanda Premier League for a 17th consecutive time.

On the same day, Rayon Sports Fc, Etincelles FC and SC Kiyovu will be battling to finish inside the top four. Rayon Sports FC who play away to Marines Fc are already guaranteed a place in the top four regardless the final match of the season following their third-ranked position with 51 points.

Etincelles FC who will be away to relagation-battling side Gicumbi FC are placed fourth with 48 points, two points ahead of SC Kiyovu who will be playing away to Amagaju Fc.

Relegation battle

Mukura VS and Gicumbi FC are on brink of joining Miroplast Fc in the relegation zone. Miroplast FC who face Sunrise FC on the final day of the season are the first side to be assured of returning back to second division league. They are ranked 16th with 18 points in 29 matches played this season.

Between Gicumbi Fc and Mukura VS, one club will join the second division league for the 2018/19 season. Gicumbi FC who face Etincelles FC on Wednesday are ranked 15th with 27 points in 29 matches played while Mukura VS are 14th with 30 points following their 0-1 loss to SC Kiyovu on Sunday.

A win for Mukura VS on Wednesday against Bugesera FC at Stade Huye will see them remain in the top flight league but should they lose and hope that Gicumbi Fc wins against Etincelles FC, then they will be tied on 30 points each and whoever stays in top flight league or drops to second division league will be determined through head to head rule between matches that pitted them and the goal difference.

The 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League winner will take part in the CAF Champions League for the 2018 season while Confederation Cup representatives will be known after the Peace Cup Final due on August 5, 2018.

 Match Day 30 Fixtures

June 27, 2018

Gicumbi FC vs Etincelles FC (Gicumbi)

Police FC vs Kirehe FC (Kicukiro)

Mukura VS vs Bugesera (Stade Huye)

Espoir FC vs APR FC (Rusizi)

Sunrise FC vs Miroplast FC (Nyagatare)

Amagaju FC vs SC Kiyovu (Nyagisenyi)

Marines FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Stade Umuganda)

Musanze FC vs AS Kigali (Stade Ubworoherane)

Match Day 29 Results

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Etincelles FC 2-0 Kirehe FC

AS Kigali 2-1 Amagaju FC

APR Fc 2-0 Gicumbi FC

Bugesera FC 2-0 Police FC

Miroplast FC 2-2 Espoir FC

SC Kiyovu 1-0 Mukura VS

Rayon Sports FC 4-0 Sunrise FC

Musanze FC 3-2 Marines FC