Goals rained down in Nyagatare District on Wednesday as Sunrise FC subjected APR FC to a second defeat of the season following a 3-2 victory to keep pace with pursuit for a big four slot in the 2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League.
The encounter between Sunrise FC and APR FC was a match day 7 tie which was supposed to be played in November 2018 but later shifted due to the military side’s engagement in the CAF Champions League which they lost 3-1 to Tunisian side Club Africain in the preliminary round.
The home side opened the 5-goal thriller entertaining encounter in the 5th minute when Samson Omaviare Babuwa unleashed a strong shot past APR FC goalie Yves Kimenyi.
The military side equalized through Muhadjiri Hakizimana in the 37th minute following a defensive mistake from Sunrise FC to go into half time tied on a 1-all draw.
In the second half, Uwambajimana Leo scored the second goal for the home side but substitute Nshuti Savio Dominique leveled matters in the 68thminute.
The Nigerian-born forward Babuwa snatched the winning goal in the 89th minute to send the home side into wild jubilation, his sixth goal of the season to end APR FC’s hopes of extending their lead at the summit of the Azam Rwanda Premier League standings.
Despite the loss, APR FC remains on top of the league standings with 35 points following 11 victories, two loses and two draws while Sunrise FC is placed fifth with 25 points after securing 7 victories, four draws and four loses in the first leg of the Azam Rwanda Premier League respectively.
Action continues on Thursday when Police Fc takes on Peace Cup holders Mukura VS in a match day 9 encounter which was not played on time last month following Mukura VS’s participation in the CAF Confederations Cup whose campaign ended last week following a 3-1 aggregate loss to Sudan giants El Hilal in the play-off round.